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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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Emerald Lakes - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Emerald Lakes - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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Into the depths of Red Crater - Tongariro Crossing

Into the depths of Red Crater - Tongariro Crossing

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In the mist: South Crater Mt Tongariro

In the mist: South Crater Mt Tongariro

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How's the serenity.....? - Summit, Mt Tongariro

How's the serenity.....? - Summit, Mt Tongariro

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Time: 6 to 8 hr, Distance: 19.4 km one-way

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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Marjolein Hartsuiker

Netherlands

Ranking: 5/10

Ranked too high!!! We did not like it as much as we thought we would. Too popular with not much to see on the way exc...

Ranked too high!!! We did not like it as much as we thought we would. Too popular with not much to see on the way except for the top part. With all the stairs up and down it wasn't much of a track, more an easy walk, although you still have to climb 800m.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Rene

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Dramatic scenery, steep climbs and a long downhill. Worst part is scree and loose ash at Red Crater. But great hike i...

Dramatic scenery, steep climbs and a long downhill. Worst part is scree and loose ash at Red Crater. But great hike if you are in shape! Should have more bathrooms and BIG sign telling everyone to pack out their trash..... of all kinds!! People throw out food waste, toilet paper etc.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Yves & Sylvia

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Different kinds of amazing countryside in one day.

Different kinds of amazing countryside in one day.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Mickey

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Matai Shuttle..... on time and they waited for us to finish the hike.

Matai Shuttle..... on time and they waited for us to finish the hike.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Merlyn

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice paths, clear way, too busy.

Nice paths, clear way, too busy.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Barry Baily

England

Ranking: 10/10

A superb walk, very busy at times. Stunning scenery and geology, information available is accurate but seems many peo...

A superb walk, very busy at times. Stunning scenery and geology, information available is accurate but seems many people just don't understand 'Alpine Mountain Conditions', casualty rate??

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Johann Maier

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic walk over the volcanoes, possible with moderate fitness. Shuttle bus back to the carpark was very expensive.

Fantastic walk over the volcanoes, possible with moderate fitness. Shuttle bus back to the carpark was very expensive.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Jeroen Bartos

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Just stunning, get the first bus to avoid the crowd!

Just stunning, get the first bus to avoid the crowd!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Moritz

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Long but beautiful track, but a bit crowded.

Long but beautiful track, but a bit crowded.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Pierre Boulanger

France

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing - breathtaking, don't forget rain jacket to be protected against the wind!!!

Amazing - breathtaking, don't forget rain jacket to be protected against the wind!!!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Robert Trostle

United States

Whole country is very informal; shorts, tees and sandals acceptable most everywhere except Wellington, where black corporate outfits are standard issue.

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Jansen

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

The track is a footpath!! What is the challenge? Beautiful scenery.

The track is a footpath!! What is the challenge? Beautiful scenery.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Simon Fry

England

Ranking: 8/10

The track and walk were good, unfortunately bad weather prevented us from experiencing the views, could probably bene...

The track and walk were good, unfortunately bad weather prevented us from experiencing the views, could probably benefit from additional toilet facilities along route.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Stefan

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Challenging track, be prepared for all weather conditions, shuttle must be booked before.

Challenging track, be prepared for all weather conditions, shuttle must be booked before.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012