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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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Jop Veldhuis

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic walk over 19.8km with beautiful sights sometimes rough terrain.

Fantastic walk over 19.8km with beautiful sights sometimes rough terrain.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Christian Apfel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent experience.

Excellent experience.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Liz Stokes

England

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing, hard going but worth it, fantastic area.

Amazing, hard going but worth it, fantastic area.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Paul Weidenfeld

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Well prepared track, very well organised shuttle to the start and the end of the track, too many people!!!

Well prepared track, very well organised shuttle to the start and the end of the track, too many people!!!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Diana Allan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

An excellent walk, with good advice. Well signposted and maintained - sometimes distances/times a bit off.

An excellent walk, with good advice. Well signposted and maintained - sometimes distances/times a bit off.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Franziska & Katrin

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome and for free!!

Awesome and for free!!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Elizabeth Gardner

England

Ranking: 10/10

Really good days walk.

Really good days walk.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Luis Valenzuela

England

Ranking: 7/10

Great one day although the weather was terrible when we attempted it so we saw hardly anything.

Great one day although the weather was terrible when we attempted it so we saw hardly anything.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Suzanne van Kol

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Great!!! When you are walking don't forget to look behind you - some views are amazing.

Great!!! When you are walking don't forget to look behind you - some views are amazing.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Magda Savels

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

We did the part from the carpark in the North.

We did the part from the carpark in the North.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Karen

Canada

The drive to Wanganui through the Parapara's is very beautiful, Roads are very windy. There can be slips in bad weather

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Nikita Sue

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Never gets boring!! Can walk it a million times and enjoy it everytime. Many different scenes.

Never gets boring!! Can walk it a million times and enjoy it everytime. Many different scenes.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Colin Philpott

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

This is one of the best walks we have done. 12 miles across volcanic scenery with great views. Some steep sections in...

This is one of the best walks we have done. 12 miles across volcanic scenery with great views. Some steep sections in places but not too tough.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Stephanie Wirthlin

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Not so hard, good views.

Not so hard, good views.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2012