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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

Rosino

In the mist: South Crater Mt Tongariro

In the mist: South Crater Mt Tongariro

Rosino

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

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

Rosino

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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Mara K

Latvia

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful.
In my opinion - a must-do.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Radana Dlouha

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful nature, amazing views.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Greg Fischer

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Well maintained, accurate description of walk-well marked.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Stina Hultberg

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing!! Don't miss! Quite steep and windy at top but so, so worth it.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Alexia Greasbaum

Ranking: 10/10

WOW !!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Valerio Penita

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Special landscape. It is a must see in New Zealand.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Benedict Seite

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful track also for amateurs.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Andreas Brodhaeker

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful place, awesome weather.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Martha Horst

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning,wonderful full day trek.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Renee van der Syde

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful sights ! Loved it. Not too hard to hike.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Christopher Saunders

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning views recommend climbing Tongariro, and Ngauruhoe summits for full experience.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2013

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Marco Newald

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A long day with some amazing views. Absolutely great.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Adam Balcar

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Great views. Going the other way around we were almost alone.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014