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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Very scenic track, must see for Lord of the Rings fans.
Perfect if you do it with the full moon at nighttime.
Really great day, our guide was very fun and enthusiastic. Long hike but a good mix of hard and easy sections, really awesome views and pictures.
Amazing walk but quite difficult to climb at points. Be prepared for some very sore legs. Definitely worth the effort! Awesome shuttle service as well.
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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a nice track over 7-9 hours, with a nice view over the National Park.
It has been a tough walk, but it is definitely worth it! It took us at least two hours to take photos as the landscape has been impressive!
Amazing hiking in a volcano area.
Such a nice walk even when the weather was not the best.
Stella and Merle
Amazing! But unfortunately, the shuttle is very expensive.
The best track in New Zealand (for me) so far. This is the land of the Lord of the Rings! Beautiful emerald lakes, nice bush walk and stunning views. I saw the Mount Doom!!
Different - 1 to 4 hour treks from Whakapapa Visitor Centre.
Really beautiful hiking track, but also really exhausting.
A spectacular trek through a variety of landscapes, not only for Lord of the Rings fans. In good weather you have an amazing view over Lake Taupo and sometimes right down to the West Coast. Toilets are not very clean.