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Emerald Lakes - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Emerald Lakes - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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Into the depths of Red Crater - Tongariro Crossing

Into the depths of Red Crater - Tongariro Crossing

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In the mist: South Crater Mt Tongariro

In the mist: South Crater Mt Tongariro

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How's the serenity.....? - Summit, Mt Tongariro

How's the serenity.....? - Summit, Mt Tongariro

Rosino

Time: 6 to 8 hr, Distance: 19.4 km one-way

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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Iwona

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing hike, however, you have to wait for good weather. Only bad thing are the crowds of people you will meet.....

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Anais Boileau

France

Ranking: 10/10

Great outdoors, fun to do in winter with crampons.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Nicol

England

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing, the views were just awesome. Felt like we were on another planet. So rewarding to complete and we will never forget it.

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in February 2015

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Marie Weber

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great!

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in January 2015

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Jade Cownley

England

Ranking: 10/10

This track is quite difficult in parts, but well worth it. Feels like you are on another planet! Start off early to avoid the crowds.

Reviewed 6 months ago and experienced in February 2015

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Pauline Gaillard

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome, wicked!!

Reviewed 6 months ago and experienced in January 2015

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Petra Albrchtoval

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Best track in New Zealand. Full of interesting things. It was a hard track but it was very good.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in March 2014

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Adam

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Best tracks in New Zealand for me. Huge mountains, volcanoes and beautiful pools.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in March 2014

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Marion and Ralf

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Good level of fitness required, fantastic day, great views.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in December 2014

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Bram and Laura

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Wow, this was a fantastic walk! Especially in good weather, but not too hot. Great views, a bit of adventure! Only the last kilometres were very long and a bit boring.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in December 2014

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Sophie Huybrechts

Belgium

Ranking: 7/10

Very beautiful track but also very crowded!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in December 2014

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Sibylle and Nadine

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Very beautiful, scenic walk through amazing landscape! You do need to organise transportation from one end to the other, if you use an official company for that it is about $35. Do not do it in bad weather!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in December 2014

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Anne Hempelt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

High efforts and amazing views, but the path on the top of the Mt Doom was sometimes not signed.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in November 2014