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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 - 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.

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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Close up of Silica Rapids

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Taranaki Falls in all thier glory

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Brianna Burd

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

194km of rough terrain but well worth the walk for the incredible views. The walk is free, but we did pay for a shuttle to the beginning and end of the trail.

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Clemence and Pedro

France

Ranking: 9/10

Well indicated and well maintained, amazing views and landscapes, shuttle services should close a little later as I finished the track at 7:00pm and I had to hitchhike back to the start point.

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Flo and Frieda

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful walk, stunning nature, track is well marked, good DOC campground, too many people though and the shuttle service is quite expensive.

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Kim and Leon

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice walk, amazing views. If you have could weather, climb up the Ngauruhoe mountain.

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Gregor

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

If you expect to take a 1 day walking trek in a fascinating landscape then this the right thing for you. Climb up Mt Doom and get a great 360 degree view.

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Fero Saarinen

Finland

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing view, hard but it is worth it.

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Veronika and Radovan

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful and interesting short track in the North Island. But very windy and too cold and crowds of people.

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Jan

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk with awesome views! The first part of the walk is much more impressive with the volcanic landscape, the Blue Lake and the Emerald Lakes than the second part. We recommend everyone doing this work!

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Meilin

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Would do it again. Awesome!! Even with bad weather.

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Thomas Werner

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A really beautiful one day hike with spectacular views. A must do in New Zealand!

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Livia and Dave

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Heaps of people but one of the most beautiful scenery we have ever seen!

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Elisabeth Grabner

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing track for one day over 20km. Crowded.

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Therese and Matthias

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

A work well worth doing, we were well informed on what to expect. Do it! It is beautiful!

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