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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

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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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Megan Lenox

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely stunning and worth the time and effort. See incredible mountains, sulphur lakes, volcanic activity and a quick changing landscape.

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in February 2016

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Cariotta Kemper

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A memorable walk about 8 hours with a diversity of different landscapes. Not too hard because there were also many flat parts. A must to do it while you are in New Zealand.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Yannick Schroeder

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

We have done the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and it was awesome. If you want you can also climb Mt Doom, which is like a 'second part' of the track.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Antoine Boudin

France

Ranking: 9/10

One of the best hikes you can do in New Zealand. If you are wondering about climbing up the Mt Doom (Mt Ngauruhoe) you have to know that it is tough but the view from the top is amazing.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Annika Weber

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

I really liked the volcano, which was used for Lord of the Rings films.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Chiara

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice views, not too difficult, good day trip, possible for everybody.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Marlene Goecke

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

We started very early in the morning (7am) and it took around 8 hours. it was even manageable for beginners, the view was great, just the end was a bit boring, because we just walked through a forest for 30-40 minutes.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Ben Schieber

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

A day long hike with many great views and volcanic lakes on top of the mountain. Must do in New Zealand.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Marie

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

It was quite good and you do not have to be that fit to do it. On the way through the mountains you can see some beautiful spots, also some good places to stop for lunch.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Jaquein Bucholz

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It was so beautiful because the view was amazing. It was a very long walk but when you are in New Zealand you should do it.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Aneta Hambergeroua

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful view from the Summit. When you go down, you can run in the sand! So, you go to the Summit (about two hours) and go down in about 20 minutes.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Ales Bronec

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

There is beautiful scenery from the movie Lord of the Rings, Mt Ngauruhoe is good for stone skiing.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Michal Putnar

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Is the best downhill slide in the North Island

Reviewed 4 months ago