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 - Recent notification from DOC - Jan 2017
This season we are expecting our highest ever visitor numbers to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and parking at both car parks are limited. Also the road to the car parks are unsealed and narrow.
We recommend that visitors travel with licenced transport operators from either Whakapapa, National Park Village, Turangi, Taupo and Ohakune. Traffic management will be in place to help but carparks will fill up quickly. To avoid disappointment using a shuttle is the best way to travel to and from the Tongairio Alpine Crossing.
“This summer we need visitors to use the local transport operators to make the most of their trip, enjoy the walk and don’t worry about parking” says Paul Carr, Operations Manager, Recreation and Safety, Tongariro District.
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194km of rough terrain but well worth the walk for the incredible views. The walk is free, but we did pay for a shuttle to the beginning and end of the trail.
Clemence and Pedro
Well indicated and well maintained, amazing views and landscapes, shuttle services should close a little later as I finished the track at 7:00pm and I had to hitchhike back to the start point.
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Flo and Frieda
Beautiful walk, stunning nature, track is well marked, good DOC campground, too many people though and the shuttle service is quite expensive.
Kim and Leon
Very nice walk, amazing views. If you have could weather, climb up the Ngauruhoe mountain.
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Amazing view, hard but it is worth it.
Veronika and Radovan
Beautiful and interesting short track in the North Island. But very windy and too cold and crowds of people.
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Great walk with awesome views! The first part of the walk is much more impressive with the volcanic landscape, the Blue Lake and the Emerald Lakes than the second part. We recommend everyone doing this work!
Would do it again. Awesome!! Even with bad weather.
A really beautiful one day hike with spectacular views. A must do in New Zealand!
Livia and Dave
Heaps of people but one of the most beautiful scenery we have ever seen!
Amazing track for one day over 20km. Crowded.
Therese and Matthias
A work well worth doing, we were well informed on what to expect. Do it! It is beautiful!