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.
945 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 12 of 73.
I never hiked on a volcano in my life before. The view from the top was amazing.
One of the most famous walks. First time I walked that long!! Beautiful view, lake, crater etc. Sun was shining! At the end I was so exhausted but so proud of myself!
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Beautiful hike, very scenic.
There are a lot of amazing landscapes!! Just perfect, until not it is the best walking track for me!!
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Amazing crossing. Wonderful landscape.
Super crowded and almost paved track. We went for a lot of other walks in the park that were far nicer.
Booked a return shuttle from Taupo with Tongariro Expeditions. Excellent service and the hike was simply breathtaking in every sense.
So many people! I got there without bus reservations so hiked half way to the Red Crater and then turned around. I recommend starting later (after 11 or 12) after all the others who are hiking the whole thing have passed through.
Lots of different landscapes and no mans land. Awesome lakes (Emerald Lake).
Everybody has to do this Crossing! Only the end is a bit too long! Beautiful lakes!
My best experience in the North Island. I totally fell in love with the nature in New Zealand during this hike. Remember to bring good hiking boots, water and sunscreen, you really should go it is amazing!!
Amazing views and landscape. Best thing was to climb the Mt Doom.
Amazing!! Some challenging climbs even without Mt Doom. Met a lot of nice hikers and had some of the best views.