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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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.
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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.
I did the Mt Doom as well and it was awesome. The Crossing is not too hard, loved the National Park.
Quite dangerous but a good day walk, enjoyed the views, really a nice view and you feel like you are in Lord of the Rings.
Stunning surroundings, bit dangerous but totally worth the exhaustion.
Great scenery and very well set out by the Department of Conservation.
Great mix of scenery, rainforest, rocks and mountains.
I love hiking and wandering........ so I have already seen a lot of beautiful locations. But this daytrip was better than everything I have ever done before. Especially climbing Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom) was the hardest but one of the best experiences so far.
Very scenic track, must see for Lord of the Rings fans.