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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A very challenging track, especially if you start too late in the day as we did. But the view was definitely worth it, you even see snow up there!
Thomas and Katia
Despite the very beautiful landscape, we were very disappointed by two things: too many people, there was a traffic jam on the walk...... You cannot appreciate and be connected with the nature.... With just private operators it makes expensive shuttles ($30 per person).
Wonderful. It was like we were in another world.
Shuttle is very good! Trek was beautiful but not as easy as we thought. ETA was not realistic at all - 19.4km in 6 hours is too fast when half the time is climbing.
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Awesome! The most beautiful place in the North Island - definitely recommend.
Crowded walk, but a have to if you can and are a Lord of the Rings fan. Mind the weather forecast!
Stunning view, hard walk.
Amadeus van Schie
A beautiful walk around the volcano. The track is well maintained. Stunning views from the Summit!
Amazing hike, however, you have to wait for good weather. Only bad thing are the crowds of people you will meet.....
Great outdoors, fun to do in winter with crampons.
Amazing, the views were just awesome. Felt like we were on another planet. So rewarding to complete and we will never forget it.
This track is quite difficult in parts, but well worth it. Feels like you are on another planet! Start off early to avoid the crowds.