Tongariro, New Zealand

Tongariro is one of the best atractions on the North Island and here is how to get the most out of it.

Tongariro je jedna nejzajimavejsich veci na severnim ostrove a my vam reknem proc tomu tak je a jak to pokorit ๐Ÿ™‚


There are quite a lot of ways how you can see Tongariro or “cross it of your bucket list” so you better know how to do it. As it is very popular among tourists you should always try to visit this place outside of the most busy hours & days.

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A little teaser before you start reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Which path is the right one for me?
How are your fitness levels? What is the weather forecast? Are you prepared for some serious hiking? Your chosen path should be based on these questions. Please take in mind that it is a volcanic area and there is no place for heroism. Tongariro’s neighbour Taranaki is responsible for dozens of deaths caused by ego etc. so you really have to be honest with yourself.

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Be prepared for ANYTHING!

All possible walks in the Tongariro area

Up-to-date official website for Tongariro.

The most popular options (longer ones):
Tongariro Alpine Crossing – 19.1 km is the most popular one so really plan ahead.

Tongariro Northern Circuit – 40 km ciruit is the longer option which is really worth the extra day or two.

Check availability of huts and campsites here

We have chosen the longer path which takes 2-3 days and requires reservation for your overnight stay. You have to plan this ahead or be VERY lucky to find a free spot. This track can be walked in both directions being equally difficult. It can be done in 2 days but you need to keep walking and there is really not much time for picnic ๐Ÿ™‚

Blue lake detour
Is it worth it? NO! Enough said…

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Strong wind was the only interesting thing on the Blue Lake detour…

Mt Ngauruhoe aka Mount Doom
This is probably the biggest reason for you to visit this area, right? Most of us have seen Lord of the Rings and having heard that Mount Doom is actually a real place. Can you and should you climb it? I am a big fan of both book and movie LOTR and so my answer was pretty clear. Things and plans however tend to change. When I was standing at the base of Mount Doom and looking up to the summit my will has changed.

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Sunrise over Mt Doom

Mount Doom looks incredible during sunrise and sunset – you have to be in the area to enjoy it truly. And just walking towards it is damn awesome too. Standing under the mountain is just a different matter. I felt like Frodo and Sam and contrary to their situation I didn’t have to climb it ๐Ÿ™‚ The volcano itself is seriously formidable and you have to be ready for it.

What you need to climb Mount Doom
1) Time – you need extra hours to climb this beast. The climb itself is different from the rest of the Tongariro as the track is not serviced and even marked.
2) Water – quite obvious, hm?
3) Helmet & other protective gear – Mt Doom is infamously known for injuries that take place during the climb. As it is volcanic area there is gazillion of small loose stones that are just freaking happy to go for “ride” after you step on them. There is no set path so people walk in all directions and somebody 30 metres above you can set couple of stones lose and they will happily land on your head. Injuries are known to happen often so be prepared and cautious.

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All summed up this can be memorable experience when you can see things that are nowhere else in the World. It is worth visiting and definitely worth planning your visit as you can enjoy this experience way more by a little bit of planning and preparing. Gallery is downstairs ๐Ÿ™‚

Tongariro is definitely one of the few things worth visiting on the whole North Island.

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Tongariro je jedna mala zajimavych veci na severnim ostrove a opravdu stoji za ten cas, namahu a pripravu. Pojdme se podivat jak si to uzit na maximum.

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Tohle je moc hezky vyhled, ktery se vam naskytne kdyz se blizite k narodnimu parku.

Ne, nebojte, to nahore neni Tongariro, ale sousedni “drobek”, ktereho budete z povzdali pozorovat behem vasi navstevy cele oblasti.

Tongariro nabizi docela dost zajimavych prirodnich zvlastnosti pricemz Mt Ngauruhoe je asi nejznamejsim. Krkolomne jmeno nemusite dal pouzivat, protoze tenhle poloaktivni vulkan je pro ctenare a divaky Pana Prstenu lepe znamy jako Mt Doom nebo-li hora Osudu. A to nejlepsi? Muzete vylezt az na samotny vrsek! Muhahah…

Tongariro stejne jako Taranaki ma na svedomi nespocet umrti (at uz kvuli pocasi ci lidske chybe) takze je opravdu dulezity byt pripraven.

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Znamena to, ze ponesete dost “zbytecnych” veci ๐Ÿ™‚

Nez vubec vyrazite tak urcite kontrolujte aktualni oficialni stranku Tongariro.

Seznam vsech moznych stezek v cele oblasti

Nejpopularnejsi moznosti:
Tongariro Alpine Crossing – 19.1 km pochod, ktery se da stihnout za den a je zcela nejpopularnejsi.

Tongariro Northern Circuit – 40 km okruh, ktery uz vyzaduje planovani, pripravu a stesti co se rezervace tyce. Pokud mate aspon trochu nachozeno, tak se da tohle dat za 2 dny. My meli stesti na volne misto na spani pouze na jeden den takze bylo jasno.

Tady muzete zjistit a bookovat obsazenost kempovist a chatrci

Velky okruh neni zas tak narocny pokud se nerozhodnete pro ruzne odbocky.

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Tahle prirodni parada je vyverajici sira a docela to voni ๐Ÿ™‚

Blue Lake
Jedna z odbocek je i jezirko “Blue Lake”. Zabere zhruba 30 – 60 minut. Nas nazor? Vyprdnout se na to. Ani zdaleka nedosahuje krasy zelenych jezirek na zakladni trase a usetreny cas muzete venovat zajimavejsim vecem ๐Ÿ™‚

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Blue Lake ani neni ve skutecnosti tak krasne modre!

Mt Doom
Ta nejzajimavejsi odbocka je bezesporu Mt Doom. Kdyz sme cely vylet planovali tak tohle bylo na samotnem vrcholu naseho “TO DO” seznamu. Jenze kdyz dorazi na upati samotne hory, tak se citi zhruba jak Frodo a Sam a fakt nema silu a chut se skrabat nahoru. Nas totiz jeste cekal zpatecni pochod – cca 13 km a uz nam ubyval cas (Blue Lake…).

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Vychod slunce nad Mt Doom

Ono ve vysledku jsem byl mozna i spokojenejsi s pozorovanim “Dooma” z povzdali, protoze tak opravdu budi respekt. Zblizka uz to jaksi nebylo ono.

Co potrebujete abyste zdolali “Dooma”

    1) Cas – Vystup je fyzicky i casove narocny. Muze vam ve vysledku zabrat i nekolik hodin a cesta dom neni uplne lehka.
    2) Voda – Netreba dal rozvadet
    3) Ochrane prvky – Vyslap na “Dooma” je nechvalne znamy nespocetnym mnozstvim malych zraneni. Stezka totiz neni znacena a udrzovana. Jdete nahoru tak jak se vam chce. Povrch je tvoren spoustou malych sypkych kaminku, ktere se porad uvolnuji a padaji na lidi pod vama. Je tedy opravdu dobre vzit si silnou cepici nebo nejlepe helmu.

Takze co vybrat?
Pokud mate cas tak kouknete na volna mista na prespani a az pote planujte dalsi moznosti. V momente kdy nejsou mista tak uz musite delat kompromisy a planovat jinak. Za nas urcite doporucujem delsi okruh, ktery za to opravdu stal. Clovek si nekolik hodin uzival klid, samotu a krasne vyhledy.

Tongariro je extremne turisticky popularni takze je opravdu vhodne dorazit na hlavni atrakce co nejdrive rano. Stoji za to si privstat i o nekolik hodin, protoze kolem poledne se budete brodit piskem a lidma. Je to doslova hlava na hlave!

Ahoj priste!

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2 Responses to Tongariro, New Zealand

  1. Hugo Hass says:

    Oh man…this is such a bullshit. There is actually many things “worth visiting” on North Island, not just a “few”…it just looks like you are a shitty traveller and even worse hiker (according that shoes you have chosen for Tongariro and a fakt that you carry a tent on you neck, lol…)

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