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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!

The Pinnacles

Location: Coromandel

Distance: 12km roundtrip

Elevation: 759m

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

Mt Karioi

Location: Raglan

Distance: 8km

Elevation: 756m

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?

Tara Higgins

Tara Higgins

Tara loves all things London and wants to spend the rest of her life reading books in beautiful places. She can often be found nestled up in a bookshop, drinking a pint at the pub, or searching for the best pizza slice in town.

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