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Address: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
Activities: Hiking, Walking

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While the Tongariro Northern circuit has its difficult spots, there are some easy walking parts once you are off the summit. Great views from the top, some amazing huts and a good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Levin, New Zealand
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Levin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

While the Tongariro Northern circuit has its difficult spots, there are some easy walking parts once you are off the summit. Great views from the top, some amazing huts and a good variety of terrain. Beware of high winds on the summit, you may lose your hat!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Its true what they say. This is probably one of the best day walks in the world. First things first, please remember to book your bus/transport, i recommend Adventure Headquarters as they are the most reliable! park your car at Ketetahi carpark and they will drive you to the start point at Mangatepopo. ( best to start from Mangatepopo )... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Did this in March 2014, I was lucky enough to get a clear sky day, no cloud for the whole duration of the trip. This offers excellent views but the Sun can be quite harsh (keep in mind there is no shade whatsoever). The trek was closed from the Blue Lake due to a recent eruption and that made the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The hike is very well laid out, almost to the point that it could have been conceived by a landscape architect. Logistically, it is great. There are companies that will pick you up bright an early and drop you off at the trailhead. We left from Turangi, but they even pick up as far away as Taupo. A comfortable narrated... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Amazing personal challenge - 19.4km of beautiful NZ scenery - when we could see it! Unfortunately it was not a clear day but walking in the mist provided its own unique experience, definitely recommend doing it - make sure you take warm clothes with you as it gets very cold at the top!!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This was our best of the many day hikes we took during our 34 days in New Zealand. If you go to New Zealand you must do this hike. There is no place in the world you can hike between 3 large active volcanos, which could go off at any time. At 21KM, with 2500 feet of vertical feet this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This is a great 20 km walk. The walk is quite steep in some parts, so make sure you are fit to get the most out of the lovely views. Allow minimum 6 hours and bring all your water and food.

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day so all the views were breathtaking. This was a tough hike but well worth it. We had hired a guide and feel that made all the difference. First, he had us start later so that the large majority of the crowd had already left ahead of us. Second, he was a wealth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Did this in Mar 2015 and was a great day. Well worth doing! I am 23 and have a moderate level of fitness and was able to do this without any problems. There were plenty of people of all ages doing it. Obviously the stairs make you out of breath a bit. The scenery was stunning and i took hundreds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

It's beautiful, but this is strenuous. Be very careful about going up. The day we went there were two helicopter evacuations, one for a broken leg and one for a heart attack. The heart attack happened right in front of us and just half a kilometer past the warning sign. There were three doctors there in five minutes from the... More 

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