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 - Recent notification from DOC - Jan 2017
This season we are expecting our highest ever visitor numbers to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and parking at both car parks are limited. Also the road to the car parks are unsealed and narrow.
We recommend that visitors travel with licenced transport operators from either Whakapapa, National Park Village, Turangi, Taupo and Ohakune. Traffic management will be in place to help but carparks will fill up quickly. To avoid disappointment using a shuttle is the best way to travel to and from the Tongairio Alpine Crossing.
“This summer we need visitors to use the local transport operators to make the most of their trip, enjoy the walk and don’t worry about parking” says Paul Carr, Operations Manager, Recreation and Safety, Tongariro District.
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1 day, very windy, pretty hard to climb up to Mt Doom, but funny to 'jump'/walk down.
Around 6 hours 30 minutes long.
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Just amazing! Our favourite place!
Good day walk but it as too busy when we visited.
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A very good track, the landscapes are so impressive and unbelievable. Maybe the last two hours in the forest are too long!
Very surprising landscape, one day trip.
This track is absolutely amazing!
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Cool track but too many people.
Amazing walk! Loved every minute, very well sign posted, 100s of people along the way, not too strenuous but a good length walk.
Most beautiful landscape I have ever seen. Very hard track for beginners but the lookout is worth it! Three wonderful geothermal lakes in the middle of no mans land. Amazing colours, impressive volcano - just crazy!
Hard hike but dramatic views, good signs and information boards.
Unguided tour. Very nice scenery and hiking.
Incredible view, shuttle bus too expensive.