The Tongariro Northern Circuit (which also includes the very popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing), circles Mount Ngauruhoe through a largely bleak and moon-like landscape. The volcanic landscape is occasionally broken by lush forest and tussock grass.
A spectacular circular day walk that combines Shadow and Forgotten Lakes with an ascent of Mt Rufus (1,416m asl) and a side-trip to Little Hugel (1,274m asl). Two mountain peaks, alpine lakes, rainforest and incredible displays of flowering heath.
The hike from Narcissus Hut to Cynthia Bay along Lake St Clair is the last (or first!) section of the Overland Track, and also makes a pleasant day walk. Although it’s a relatively boring walk in its own right – Shadow Lake circuit or Mt Rufus makes for a better day walk.
The hardened track to Dixons Kingdom and Mt Jerusalem in the in the Walls of Jerusalem National provides relatively easy access to one of Tasmania’s only remote alpine National Park, with spectacular scenery and the option of climbing a number of peaks along the track.