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517 mi 833 km of trail 23 Recommended Routes

Gems 8 Gems Easy Trails 54 Trails Intermediate Trails 95 Trails Hard Trails 35 Trails
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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 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 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 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 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 Mt. Jumbo on a good day. Hard to beat.
Intermediate/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

Trails in North Island - 161

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12.0 mi 19.2 km #1Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Intermediate/Difficult
Turangi, NZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Turangi, NZ 21 
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
2.3 mi 3.6 km #7Gentle Annie Track
Intermediate
Masterton, NZ
Intermediate
Masterton, NZ
2.6 mi 4.1 km #8Cornish Street
Intermediate
Petone, NZ
Intermediate
Petone, NZ
3.9 mi 6.3 km #9Red Rocks Track - Pari-Whero
Intermediate
Brooklyn, NZ
Intermediate
Brooklyn, NZ
2.3 mi 3.7 km #10Round Track
Easy
Otorohanga, NZ
Easy
Otorohanga, NZ
0.2 mi 0.3 km #11Wrights Hill Lookout Trail
Intermediate
Brooklyn, NZ
Intermediate
Brooklyn, NZ
1.4 mi 2.2 km #12Raingauge Spur Track
Very Difficult
Masterton, NZ
Very Difficult
Masterton, NZ
28.0 mi 45.1 km #1342 Traverse
Intermediate
Turangi, NZ
Intermediate
Turangi, NZ
0.7 mi 1.1 km #14Round Knob
Intermediate
Porirua, NZ
Intermediate
Porirua, NZ
1.7 mi 2.7 km #15Salvation
Intermediate
Brooklyn, NZ
Intermediate
Brooklyn, NZ
5.1 mi 8.2 km #16K2K Trail
Intermediate
Taupo, NZ
Intermediate
Taupo, NZ
8.4 mi 13.5 km #17Tukino Skifield Access Road
Intermediate
Waiouru, NZ
Intermediate
Waiouru, NZ
1.8 mi 2.9 km #18Transient
Intermediate
Kelburn, NZ
Intermediate
Kelburn, NZ
2.3 mi 3.7 km #19Jumbo Holdsworth Ridgeline Track
Intermediate
Masterton, NZ
Intermediate
Masterton, NZ
1.4 mi 2.3 km #20Upper Utiwai
Intermediate
Porirua, NZ
Intermediate
Porirua, NZ

Photos of North Island - 230

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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