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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Different scenery with volcanic rocks.
Different scenery with volcanic rocks. Beware it is windy!
Nothing to say, it was great!
Amazing views of the Emerald Lakes and volcanoes! Hike is 19.4km long and you can also climb up to Mt Ngauruhoe. It took us about 2.5 hours to climb and 1/2 an hour to get down. It is worth climbing up if you are fit, just be careful that you do not miss the bus!
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Very enjoyable, rewarding day. Difficult gravel descent, bit dangerous.
Christopher Buch Madsen
Amazing scenery, a must do for all especially Lord of the Rings fans. We got very bad weather but still completed the track easily.
If you love the Lord of the Rings and love beautiful lookout views then you will love this.
We did a little piece (7km) to the first hut and then back! Fantastic!
Too crowded, but it was a nice hike and exhausting, awesome view, hiking shoes important.
Amazing craters and volcanic landscape. Options to increase the skill level on side tracks. Only the last two hours of the descent suck badly.
Nice experience, bad weather, nice bus driver.
The weather was not good, so the scenery too. We walked all the way in 5 hours 45 minutes and saw a lot of older people. Do not be scared, do it! A third stop with toilets would have been nice.
Awesome walk, after you climb up you get rewarded with a new which takes your breath away.