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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Best view I ever saw, but I didn't like all the steps.
Great views-went the other way round, almost alone.
Wonderful track, really easy and you have a long time enjoying the view on the mountain ridge.
The best track I've ever done. Way too many people if you start late. Ridiculously expensive shuttle.
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One of the best walks I have been on!! I really enjoyed climbing to the Ngaurahoe summit!
Wonderful! I very much enjoyed this track.
Absolute highlight of our roadshow. My personal no 1 in NZ. We met some people turning halfway to come back to Mangatepopo. Don't do it! It gets even more spectacular once you get to the Red Crater. Crossing took us 6h40 min. There's a bus transfer available. 100/100
as we didn`t want to be dependent on the (expensive) bus service, we started our tour at the end of the "normal" crossing. we departed at 7:30am from the carpark up to the ketetahi hut (about 2hrs.) completly alone and further on to the blue lake, emerald lake and red crater. finally went up to mt.tongariro, also alone. returned from the top back to the car. overall about 9hrs of easy walking with very, very impressing views and nature arround!
We did it twice - both times very beautiful.
The one day walk is definitely one of the best one day walks in New Zealand.
We had bad luck with the weather, but it was worth the experience.
The weather was awesome and the walk was really great but the bus was too expensive.
A must do in NZ! It is a good workout and some parts are hard to climb but it is doable for beginners and you can see amazing lakes and volcanic craters.