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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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Tilman

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It was very exhausting but the view was priceless, very recommendable, do not forget gloves.

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Anna-Lisa Funk

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent hike, not that strenuous as expected, nice view of the Crater and Emerald Lakes. However, do not do it during bad weather.

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Robin Lakner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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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Jonas

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Hard to get up the mountains but great 360 degree view from the top.

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Chiara

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great one day trip - a must do for all backpackers. Awesome view from Mt Doom, but extremely exhausting.

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Matte Stemkowitz

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Worth it. Amazing nature and stunning views.

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Kilian Obst

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Simply stunning.

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Miro

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Exhausting but worth it!

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David

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful views.

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Paul

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

It is a duty to do Mt Doom!

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Geraldine Sharrock

England

Ranking: 10/10

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.

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Lisa Kalkert

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Great views, it is nice to be on the tracks of 'Lord of the Rings'.

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Lucile Souday

Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk, not so hard and really beautiful things to see! Tongariro Summit and Emerald Lake = beautiful! Except the smells.