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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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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

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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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Tina

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome, would love to do it again! Must-see. :-)

Awesome, would love to do it again! Must-see. :-)

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Loesje

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

I usually don't really enjoy tracks where I'm walking in a crowd. And this is certainly like that with this crossing,...

I usually don't really enjoy tracks where I'm walking in a crowd. And this is certainly like that with this crossing, as everybody gets there by bus, around the same time. But man... This is SUCH an amazing track, with such amazing views! It's... UNREAL! really! :)
100% Pure New Zealand :) Enjoy!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Katya Verikaitis

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful, amazing and rewarding, challenging, scary and fascinating.

Beautiful, amazing and rewarding, challenging, scary and fascinating.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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TJ and Julie Edwards

United States

Ranking: 2/10

Too many people and we felt that the $25PP charge for a 6km ride to the trail head was ridiculous. Felt a little scam...

Too many people and we felt that the $25PP charge for a 6km ride to the trail head was ridiculous. Felt a little scammed.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Fabian Brand

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great views but you should hope for good weather to enjoy the prettiness of the National Park.

Great views but you should hope for good weather to enjoy the prettiness of the National Park.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Schuster

France

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful landscapes but unfortunately the last part of the walk was closed because of volcanic activity,

Beautiful landscapes but unfortunately the last part of the walk was closed because of volcanic activity,

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Peter Moederer

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome place, but shuttles too expensive.

Awesome place, but shuttles too expensive.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Kyle Guffei

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

A lot of people but still amazing. Go prepared. No jandals and bring a good wind/rain jacket. Start early to avoid th...

A lot of people but still amazing. Go prepared. No jandals and bring a good wind/rain jacket. Start early to avoid the bigger crowds.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Dani Wallinger

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Best walk in NZ till now! Amazing view and great location. Unfortunately we could just walk the halfway (active volca...

Best walk in NZ till now! Amazing view and great location. Unfortunately we could just walk the halfway (active volcano).

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Christina Rodewald

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

See the Emerald Lakes and Mordor from Lord of the Rings!

See the Emerald Lakes and Mordor from Lord of the Rings!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Collacott

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We could not do the full crossing but it is still a superb walk. Steaming vents and emerald lakes.

We could not do the full crossing but it is still a superb walk. Steaming vents and emerald lakes.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Hanneke P

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

beautiful!!!!!!!

beautiful!!!!!!!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Henrik Steinruecken

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

The weather was not perfect (cloudy and windy), but a very interesting walk on good trails and a beautiful view over ...

The weather was not perfect (cloudy and windy), but a very interesting walk on good trails and a beautiful view over the emerald lakes.

Reviewed about 2 years ago