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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It was very exhausting but the view was priceless, very recommendable, do not forget gloves.
Excellent hike, not that strenuous as expected, nice view of the Crater and Emerald Lakes. However, do not do it during bad weather.
Very nice hike with some excellent views and a kind of 'unreal' landscape. The weather up there could be very tough so be well prepared.
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Hard to get up the mountains but great 360 degree view from the top.
Great one day trip - a must do for all backpackers. Awesome view from Mt Doom, but extremely exhausting.
Worth it. Amazing nature and stunning views.
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Exhausting but worth it!
It is a duty to do Mt Doom!
We parked up our camper at the end of the trail and caught a shuttle bus with Tongariro Expeditions to the start at 6:30am. Cheaper than shuttling both ways and nice to have your van at the end. The landscape on this walk is breathtaking, from steaming mountains, to vivid blue lakes, it is just beautiful. We managed it in 6 hours and enjoyed a well deserved beer afterwards.
Great views, it is nice to be on the tracks of 'Lord of the Rings'.
Nice walk, not so hard and really beautiful things to see! Tongariro Summit and Emerald Lake = beautiful! Except the smells.