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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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Roland Fischer

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very scenic track, must see for Lord of the Rings fans.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2016

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Cosmo Hartuna

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect if you do it with the full moon at nighttime.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2016

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Alyssa Wyer

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Really great day, our guide was very fun and enthusiastic. Long hike but a good mix of hard and easy sections, really awesome views and pictures.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2016

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Leanna Wyer

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing walk but quite difficult to climb at points. Be prepared for some very sore legs. Definitely worth the effort! Awesome shuttle service as well.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2016

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Eric Hertort

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a nice track over 7-9 hours, with a nice view over the National Park.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2016

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Michele Winzig

Ranking: 10/10

It has been a tough walk, but it is definitely worth it! It took us at least two hours to take photos as the landscape has been impressive!

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2016

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Pierre Mattes

France

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing hiking in a volcano area.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2016

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Olivia Aliprandi

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Such a nice walk even when the weather was not the best.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2016

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Stella and Merle

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing! But unfortunately, the shuttle is very expensive.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2016

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David Soukal

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

The best track in New Zealand (for me) so far. This is the land of the Lord of the Rings! Beautiful emerald lakes, nice bush walk and stunning views. I saw the Mount Doom!!

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2016

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Stula Vladimir

Italy

Ranking: 8/10

Different - 1 to 4 hour treks from Whakapapa Visitor Centre.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2016

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Michelle Hoffman

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Really beautiful hiking track, but also really exhausting.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2016

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Arne Müller

Ranking: 10/10

A spectacular trek through a variety of landscapes, not only for Lord of the Rings fans. In good weather you have an amazing view over Lake Taupo and sometimes right down to the West Coast. Toilets are not very clean.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2015