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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A wonderful walk with amazing views. The trail was very well preserved.
The great walk is so beautiful and a must see in New Zealand. The walk is free and the tracks very well kept.
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The hike was really good! Many good views of high mountains, the only thing that was bad was the shuttle bus, it was really expensive at $35 per person.
A wonderful walk over volcanoes and blue lakes, we have never seen such an amazing landscape like that. Just......no words. Absolutely 'fantastique'.
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Excellent, well maintained paths, easy to walk, discovered the changing landscape on the way. The colour of the lakes is incredibly blue!
Go there if you want to lose yourself spending the whole day walking in a surreal surrounding formed by lava. The red crater was my persona highlight, it's colours impressed me much.
Really nice walk for a day! Incredible countryside - never seen such colours in lakes or volcanoes, really great and it is free!
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Sights were amazing, however, the weather was very dangerous. People made out like 60kph winds were nothing - they weren't.
It was very exhausting but the view was priceless, very recommendable, do not forget gloves.
Excellent hike, not that strenuous as expected, nice view of the Crater and Emerald Lakes. However, do not do it during bad weather.
Very nice hike with some excellent views and a kind of 'unreal' landscape. The weather up there could be very tough so be well prepared.
Hard to get up the mountains but great 360 degree view from the top.
Great one day trip - a must do for all backpackers. Awesome view from Mt Doom, but extremely exhausting.