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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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Bertrand Gilles

France

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing landscape and good track.

Amazing landscape and good track.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2013

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Michal

Poland

Ranking: 10/10

Unfortunately only the half of the track has opened due to volcanic activity. The weather was bad and track was very ...

Unfortunately only the half of the track has opened due to volcanic activity. The weather was bad and track was very challenging. Fantastic anyway.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Erik Muchembled

France

Ranking: 9/10

A wonderful track but it is quite expensive! $35 for the shuttle per person.

A wonderful track but it is quite expensive! $35 for the shuttle per person.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Menu

France

Ranking: 9/10

Hard but very nice.

Hard but very nice.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2013

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LiseMarie Leger

France

Ranking: 9/10

Was excellent, only the price of the shuttle. $35 for 20 minutes.

Was excellent, only the price of the shuttle. $35 for 20 minutes.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2013

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Debiesse

France

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent.

Excellent.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2013

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Rampon

France

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing!

Amazing!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2013

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Frederic Birke

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The reputation as one of New Zealand's most beautiful one day walk is well earned. We did it in mid October and it wa...

The reputation as one of New Zealand's most beautiful one day walk is well earned. We did it in mid October and it was quite dangerous, but also one of the most astonishing experiences of our lives.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Melanie Pretzel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We have done it in the winter time (October) and had show at the top. It was exhausting but the best track I have don...

We have done it in the winter time (October) and had show at the top. It was exhausting but the best track I have done in my life. Excellent views!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Ian McAlpine

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

TheTongariro Alpine Crossing has awesome scenery. Do it when visit the Egmont National Park and trek the Mt Taranaki-...

TheTongariro Alpine Crossing has awesome scenery. Do it when visit the Egmont National Park and trek the Mt Taranaki-Pouakai Crossing Trek, awesome with a big tick

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Patrick Stoeit

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful and nice track. Well signed and prepared for walking. Even if parts are closed it was a nice track.

Beautiful and nice track. Well signed and prepared for walking. Even if parts are closed it was a nice track.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Annika Schmidt

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome day walk. Takes a long time up the hill but it is worth it. Around 7-8 hours, unfortunately you have to go a ...

Awesome day walk. Takes a long time up the hill but it is worth it. Around 7-8 hours, unfortunately you have to go a return track because of an erruption.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Nina Coopmans

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very busy track, if you are early you can park your car at the carpark (60 spots), and you do not need to arrange tra...

Very busy track, if you are early you can park your car at the carpark (60 spots), and you do not need to arrange transport. Beautiful track over exceptional volcanic terrain. Impressive.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in April 2013