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.
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Awesome scenery and nature, possible to complete in one day.
A long but not so heavy walk. A little bit too many people.
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Just amazing. Best day walk I have ever done. Was still great when the weather changed a little bit.
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Amazing walk but too crowded when I did it.
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The Crossing was a must do, but unfortunately every single tourist seems to know that. I walked the track on 19 March 2016 and it was totally overcrowded and impossible to determine your own speed. Apart from this, the view was stunning and a nice reward for the way up. One adviceL pack sunblock, a warm jackers and wear proper hiking boots.
Too crowded. But a really good experience for amazing views, worth it. They could have had more toilets in between, e.g it is over two hours walk between.
Amazing walk above the volcanoes of the North Island. Just a bit too crowded but a must see for fans of the Lord of the Rings.
Lots of people. Great walk. Views. A good one day tramp.
Really busy!! Extreme amount of people. But spectacular views and good for a one day tramp.
Every metre walked was worth it! Beautiful landscapes on a sunny day! A bit crowded though.
Weather was on our side. Amazing views, clear day, the hike itself is not too trying so you still have some energy at the end of the day. Must do.
Amazing mountain in New Zealand. Hard walking for amazing views.
Was a nice walk! Amazing view of the volcanic area.