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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

Rosino

In the mist: South Crater Mt Tongariro

In the mist: South Crater Mt Tongariro

Rosino

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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Jakub Ira

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Funny volcano climb, nice scenery and views and best volcano downhill! Track is long, but very funny.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Sebastian

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome views and a great exercise make this hike awesome.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Natasha Harbinson

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Took us 5.5 hours. Some very rewarding views such as the Emerald Lakes. It is tough going down on the knees. I found going down harder than going up. Weather is also key as a cloudy day means you won't see any of the views.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Katharina Balzer

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

We walked 8 hours and it was very hard and there were so many people.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Jonas Weidner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

It is a really nice track. If you are fit, I would recommend to make the Summit as well. You have a great view from up there. Just a little bit boring on the last 5km.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Ann-Kathrin

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome walk through a stunning landscape. And it is really worth it to climb on top of Mt Nguruahoe.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Gerardo Furtado

Brazil

Ranking: 10/10

In an alpine environment, this 19km walk is a must do in the North Island. It can be challenging, especially in the cold weather and with strong winds.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Luisa Mathes

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

It was wonderful and nice! Hard to walk, but worth it! Beautiful views and landscapes.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Lea Behnem

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

It is one of the best experiences in my life! It was so beautiful to walk through this magnificent landscape and to experience such amazing ways to go. Sometimes they were quite difficult but interesting at the same time.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Lennox

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Probably the best thing I have done in New Zealand so far. I was overwhelmed by the landscapes and enjoyed tramping.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Rebecca Roab

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The Alpine Crossing was so far my best day in New Zealand. Seeing Mt Doom and this fascinating nature is worth every step.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Kirsten Gehrenbeck

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very impressive and beautiful. Although it is very exhausting, it is definitely worth it. Only problem can be the weather.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Steph

England

Ranking: 10/10

Took about 7 hours - challenging but so rewarding. It is definitely worth walking to the lakes then past and up as the view of the red crater is amazing. Be prepared and seek advice on weather conditions before you go - mother nature throws it all at you up there!

Reviewed 5 months ago