The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the best known New Zealand day hike set in the middle of the central North Island volcanic plateau.
Pick a good day and the scenery of Mt Tongariro and it's surroundings are incredible! However there is something mysterious and exciting about this area even if it is overcast. If you hate crowds then think again before you walk here in the middle of the high season. It's super busy and you will just be part of a marching ant trail. Attempt the Tongariro Crossing during the week if you want a slightly quieter experience or near the end of the season around March/April when the weather has settled a bit.
The walk is challenging, so good shoes and lots of water is a must. The walk is in an alpine environment and weather here can change by the minute, each season many people are caught out. See the reviews for evidence of this!
If you are a bit uncertain of taking on this beast on your own, there are plenty of guiding companies that can safely take you over the crossing. Enjoy!
NOTE Check with Doc at time of writing (March 2013) until further notice due to a Volcanic eruption the Crossing is open to the Blue Lake saddle (between Blue Lake and North Crater). From this point down to Ketetahi Road remains closed. Volcanic eruption hazard remains in the Te Maari Volcanic Hazard Zone on the northern side of Mount Tongariro. You will have to plan for this as this has put huge strain on car parking Mangatepopo Road and an alternative car park are open to private vehicles until the parking area is full (early morning), then shuttle services are required.
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Rewarding track all the way to the top although not for beginners. You will see some amazing views which makes it worth it.
Heavy, but there were a lot of fantastic views! It was worth it.
Very nice views and an easy 4.5h walk for the crossing. The summit is also very nice! A short part gravel road the rest is a very easy, well maintained walking trek.
In the end is the only part with shadow, so start early in the morning and bring a lot of water.
Emerald Lakes - magic! But there is a lot of people!
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Very good track and nice views from up there.
This walk is awesome especially with good weather and views! You see the beautiful and different landscapes of volcanoes. It is exhausting at some points but quite easy to do (if not windy).
Very awesome but strenuous track if you also climb Mt Ngauruhoe.
No crossing, but walk up to the volcano crater, emerald and blue lakes and same the way back. Good weather, best day walk.
Amazing!! Only the last two hours of walking downhill was a bit annoying.
Amazing walk if the weather is good.
Amazing track. The views are breathtaking. Something you have to do.
Best track in the North Island.
Stunning views over the blue lakes on top of the mountain! Absolutely worth the climbing and not so exhausting (just 6 hours without Mt Doom).