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Off State Highway 48 | Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Perfect weather so great views. However after the plateau the ascents were very icy so we decided to turn back as we didn't have crampons or ice axes. Still enjoyable and just means we'll be back and better prepared.

Thank Ian S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We crossed in late August. The conditions where difficult. For the last par of the ascent, Crampons and Ice axe are recommendable. The lakes were covered with snow and ice. Anyhow, a worthwhile tour.

Thank Hans Rudolf H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stellar hike leading to the stunning Emerald Lakes and otherworldly looking rocks including the active remaining Red Crater. Beware that it is physically demanding, regardless which of the several access points you undertake! We spent couple of months exploring and learning as well as helping...More

Thank Nia V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I in our 50's got dropped off by our New Zealand friends one end and hiked through to the other end, after 7 hours they picked us up. There were organized buses that you can pay for the transport. A must do...More

1  Thank Jenny H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wasn't sure what to expect when I booked it, I wasn't expecting the whole Ice Axe and crampons situations for the winter hike. but it was totally worth it! I have been lucky with the weather as we could reach the top of the...More

1  Thank Maddalena G
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

What a day. The weather was excellent. Not too many people and views for miles. Take your own loo paper and lots of water. Great experience. Bit tedious coming down the north side but an achievement all the same.

1  Thank Geridog1
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

One of the most awesome hikes in my life. If the weather is good this trip Will offer an unforgettable hike over a majestic mountain. I am mot well trained but used to walking these kind og walks and it was managable. Would definitely recommend.

1  Thank Anneli T
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

I found this hike more challenging than I would have thought from reading reviews. My daugther and her friend managed well tho. We started off in reasonably clear weather but before long the mist came down and visibility was about 10m. 65km winds and torrential...More

4  Thank Inguni
Reviewed 25 June 2018

We were a couple of average fitness (did a couple of 15k training walks to break in boots) and managed to complete the walk within 6.5 hours (inc. stops for lunch and snacks). I recommend getting the first shuttle at around 6.30 to hit the...More

3  Thank Maisie H
Reviewed 25 June 2018

I really enjoyed this walk. Not for the faint hearted but recommend you take your time and take in all the views. Take a back pack full of drinks and a nice lunch with energy bars. Camera is essential. A tour including bus collect/ drop...More

4  Thank Matt B
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10 August 2018|
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Response from Matt B | Reviewed this property |
No guide needed. It’s easy to follow and impossible to get lost. You will love it. But as with mountains, the weather can turn at any time, so check before climbing. November is normally good time to do it. Enjoy.
26 July 2018|
Response from Charlottef23 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, sorry for delay in responding. I found this information. Go to dempseybuses website, then click, services > hiking it explains the service they offer which is $50 per person for transport to and from tongariro... More