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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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.
If there is clean weather and not a lot of people then it is awesome.
So great! So beautiful! You have to do it!
So beautiful! But bad system of shuttle and very expensive!!
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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!
So many different landscapes, beautiful views.
We go to the top of 'Mordor'. I hope to remember the lookout all of my life.
In my opinion - a must-do.
Beautiful nature, amazing views.
Well maintained, accurate description of walk-well marked.
Amazing!! Don't miss! Quite steep and windy at top but so, so worth it.
Special landscape. It is a must see in New Zealand.