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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

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In the mist: South Crater Mt Tongariro

In the mist: South Crater Mt Tongariro

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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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Hirsch Svenja

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great! We just walked half of the walk and returned then to save money for the shuttle bus.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Vera Kreipe

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A little bit crowded but so many different interesting things to see. Beautiful views, Mordor feeling, you are waiting for Frodo and Sam to come around!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Sagi

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

The best walking track I have done here! Amazing views and not so hard.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Luca Scheuemeier

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing mountains.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Marine

France

Ranking: 9/10

Really good track.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Lea Darotchetche

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very beautiful walk with amazing landscapes. The track is well signposted and it is not that hard. The end in the forest was a bit long, but it is worth it.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Arnaud Memay

France

Ranking: 9/10

If there is clean weather and not a lot of people then it is awesome.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Anne Collet

France

Ranking: 10/10

So great! So beautiful! You have to do it!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Camille Gagnant

France

Ranking: 9/10

So beautiful! But bad system of shuttle and very expensive!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Josefina Tassone

Argentina

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing! If you have only one day in New Zealand and you want to see it all, you can just do this walk and see deserts, volcanoes, huge volcanic rocks, NZ forest and everything!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Ennico

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

So many different landscapes, beautiful views.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Steven Lotrian

France

Ranking: 10/10

We go to the top of 'Mordor'. I hope to remember the lookout all of my life.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Mara K

Latvia

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful.
In my opinion - a must-do.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2014