Three AWESOME Single Day Hikes on New Zealand’s North Island
New Zealand’s South Island is well-known for incredible scenery and hikes from north to south. However, the North Island is covered with various hiking routes and trails that range from the most popular in the country to those rather unknown amongst travelers. If you are looking for a solid single day hike on the North Island that rewards you with incredible views at the top, keep reading!
Distance: 12km roundtrip
Time: 6 hours return
Where To Stay: We stayed in Thames the night before and drove about 45 minutes in the morning to the start of the trail. You also have the option of making this into a two day walk by staying at the hut near the top of the trail.
Read More: The Pinnacles
Time: 5-6 hours return
Where To Stay: We stayed in Raglan the night before and drove one hour to the start of the trail
Read More: Climbing Mt Karioi
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Location: Tongariro National Park
Distance: 19.4 kilometers with options of hiking extra summits
Elevation: up to 1,886m
Time: 7-8 hours one-way
Where To Stay: We stayed in Ohakune and drove one hour to the Ketatahi carpark at the end of the trail
Read More: Walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Have you done any of these hikes? What’s your favorite North Island walk?