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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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Jonas Herrmann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We did it twice - both times very beautiful.

We did it twice - both times very beautiful.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Fabian

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

The one day walk is definitely one of the best one day walks in New Zealand.

The one day walk is definitely one of the best one day walks in New Zealand.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Valentina Fuchs

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

We had bad luck with the weather, but it was worth the experience.

We had bad luck with the weather, but it was worth the experience.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Constanze

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The weather was awesome and the walk was really great but the bus was too expensive.

The weather was awesome and the walk was really great but the bus was too expensive.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Annika

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A must do in NZ! It is a good workout and some parts are hard to climb but it is doable for beginners and you can see...

A must do in NZ! It is a good workout and some parts are hard to climb but it is doable for beginners and you can see amazing lakes and volcanic craters.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Sebastian

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Very expensive bus!

Very expensive bus!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Selina Lott

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Bus to the start of the track was too expensive, but the walk itself was lots of fun.

Bus to the start of the track was too expensive, but the walk itself was lots of fun.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Sebastian

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Volcano - beautiful.

Volcano - beautiful.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Brendon Furney

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk, but can be expensive with the shuttle system.

Great walk, but can be expensive with the shuttle system.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Bertrand Gilles

France

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing landscape and good track.

Amazing landscape and good track.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2013

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Michal

Poland

Ranking: 10/10

Unfortunately only the half of the track has opened due to volcanic activity. The weather was bad and track was very ...

Unfortunately only the half of the track has opened due to volcanic activity. The weather was bad and track was very challenging. Fantastic anyway.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Erik Muchembled

France

Ranking: 9/10

A wonderful track but it is quite expensive! $35 for the shuttle per person.

A wonderful track but it is quite expensive! $35 for the shuttle per person.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Menu

France

Ranking: 9/10

Hard but very nice.

Hard but very nice.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2013