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Gems in North Island - 8

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gem Favorite View from Belmont Trig looking to Mount Kaukau.

Belmont Trig

(2) Petone, NZ
gem Favorite From the trail, look out over the giant Black Sand Dune at Bethells Beach.

Giant Black Sand Dunes

(1) Muriwai…, NZ
gem Favorite Hot Water is Hot. Seriously though, BE CAREFUL.

Hot Water Beach

(1) Rotorua, NZ
gem Favorite Happy seals!

Seal colony at Sinclair Head

(1) Brooklyn, NZ
gem Favorite From the lookout across from the Brooklyn Wind Turbine.

Wrights Hill Lookout

(1) Brooklyn, NZ
gem Favorite Tarawera Falls is phenomenally beautiful.

Tarawera Falls

(1) Kawerau, NZ
gem Favorite View from Round Knob out to the Northern bays of Porirua abnd the Pauatahanui Inlet.

Round Knob Summit

(1) Porirua, NZ
gem Favorite Boulder Hill offers incredible views up Hutt Valley.

Boulder Hill

(2) Lower Hutt, NZ

Recommended Routes in North Island - 18

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Favorite Emerald Lakes.
Intermediate/Difficult

Tongariro Northern Circuit

27.9 mi 44.9 km 4,686' Up 1428.26 m Up 4,663' Down 1421.27 m Down

Ohakune, NZ
Favorite Whatipu scenery near the parking lot.
Intermediate

Whatipu Loop

9.6 mi 15.5 km 2,426' Up 739.44 m Up 2,425' Down 739.21 m Down

Titirangi, NZ
Favorite Overlooking the path in front of me with the ocean and the South Island in the background.
Intermediate

Wellington Hills: Tip Track - Red Rocks

8.7 mi 14.0 km 1,591' Up 484.96 m Up 1,590' Down 484.74 m Down

Brooklyn, NZ
Favorite The sunrise over the Tararuas is worth getting up at 3am for.
Difficult

S-K Traverse

49.5 mi 79.7 km 19,509' Up 5946.3 m Up 19,825' Down 6042.51 m Down

Levin, NZ
Favorite Mt. Jumbo on a good day. Hard to beat.
Difficult

Jumbo Holdsworth Loop

13.9 mi 22.3 km 4,161' Up 1268.26 m Up 4,163' Down 1268.99 m Down

Masterton, NZ
Favorite Lake Waikaremoana from the Panekire bluffs.
Intermediate/Difficult

Lake Waikaremoana Track

29.9 mi 48.1 km 6,394' Up 1948.74 m Up 6,128' Down 1867.81 m Down

Wairoa, NZ
Favorite Looking back at the cascades on the Lake Surprise trail
Difficult

Lake Surprise Out-and-Back

6.4 mi 10.3 km 1,755' Up 535.01 m Up 1,756' Down 535.18 m Down

Ohakune, NZ
Favorite Boulder Hill offers incredible views up Hutt Valley.
Difficult

Puke Ariki Track

14.1 mi 22.7 km 2,603' Up 793.49 m Up 2,716' Down 827.88 m Down

Upper Hutt, NZ
Favorite Lookout for the benched trail. :)
Intermediate

Tarawera Trail

17.9 mi 28.8 km 3,148' Up 959.44 m Up 3,148' Down 959.45 m Down

Rotorua, NZ

North Island Hiking

  • 1,026 Miles 1,651 Kilometers of Trail
  • 24 Recommended Routes
  • 8 Gems Gems
  • 55 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 101 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 37 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in North Island - 169

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12.0 mi 19.2 km #1Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Intermediate/Difficult
Turangi, NZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Turangi, NZ 24 
5.6 mi 9.0 km #2Tama Lakes Track
Intermediate/Difficult
Ohakune, NZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Ohakune, NZ
3.7 mi 5.9 km #3Webb Creek Pinnacles Track
Difficult
Thames, NZ
Difficult
Thames, NZ
2.1 mi 3.4 km #4Omanawanui Track
Difficult
Titirangi, NZ
Difficult
Titirangi, NZ
8.5 mi 13.6 km #5Umukarikari Track
Intermediate/Difficult
Turangi, NZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Turangi, NZ
3.8 mi 6.1 km #6Taranaki Falls Trail
Easy
Ohakune, NZ
Easy
Ohakune, NZ
2.6 mi 4.1 km #7Cornish Street
Intermediate
Petone, NZ
Intermediate
Petone, NZ
3.9 mi 6.3 km #8Red Rocks Track - Pari-Whero
Intermediate
Brooklyn, NZ
Intermediate
Brooklyn, NZ
2.3 mi 3.7 km #9Round Track
Easy
Otorohanga, NZ
Easy
Otorohanga, NZ
0.2 mi 0.3 km #10Wrights Hill Lookout Trail
Intermediate
Brooklyn, NZ
Intermediate
Brooklyn, NZ

Photos of North Island - 237

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NZ Mountain Safety Council has created a video guide for Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The video takes you through the entire track and shows you how to prepare for a successful trip so that you make it home safely.
Feb 25, 2020 near Turangi, NZ
The sunrise over the Tararuas is worth getting up at 3am for.
Dec 18, 2016 near Levin, NZ
Lower Tama Lake and Mt. Ruapehu are quite beautiful when seen from the Tama Lakes Track.
May 14, 2017 near Waiouru, NZ
Endless ridges form the main range.
Dec 18, 2016 near Levin, NZ
Mt. Jumbo on a good day. Hard to beat.
Aug 7, 2016 near Masterton, NZ
Emerald Lakes.
Jul 13, 2016 near Turangi, NZ
Middle Range.  8km of the best alpine running in the North Island.
Jul 13, 2016 near Turangi, NZ
View above Jumbo Hut.
Jul 11, 2016 near Masterton, NZ