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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Off State Highway 48 | Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7-892 3729
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Off State Highway 48 | Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7-892 3729
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Prepare to pack your hiking boots for this trek. An excellent day hike that took us just under 7 hours to complete. For me it was much harder than I expected, but the feeling of accomplishment when I had completed it was amazing! And just...More

Thank breejm
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing views, walking through clouds, magical blue and green circle shaped lakes.. 👌 I don't work out or do things like this often it was quite a challenge but definitely worth it now I can say I've done the tongariro crossing 😂 woooo!

Thank Katarina T
Reviewed 4 days ago

I waited in rainy Ohakune for 3 days before the sun decided to come out and I think a lot of people were doing something similar as it was extremely busy - particularly by the Red Crater and Emerald Lakes HOWEVER don't be put off...More

Thank Danny W
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was harder than I expected and WAY more amazing than I expected. I'd love to do it again. The advice I have is that it's always cold at the summit, so bring some tissue for a cold-induced runny nose. :)

Thank Christina C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fantastic one day hike, here are a few things to think about: 1. It's demanding in places, especially climbing over the ridge where there are ropes to help you up and steady you. You need a reasonable level of fitness to complete...More

Thank goldilocks_in_auck
Reviewed 1 week ago

about 6K elevation gain and loss, an active volcano, mineral colored lakes, views for 50 miles on a nice day, like 12 miles, 18 kilos or so of walking, and all things that make New Zealand one of the most beautiful places we've ever been....More

Thank Mike21NJ7
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were hampered by bad weather and had to wait a few days to be able to do the walk. It was worth the wait. The scenery was great- volcanic terrain, beautiful lakes, such amazing colours. Strenuous at times but manageable. We really enjoyed.

Thank LauraEvans88
Reviewed 1 week ago

Without a doubt the best hike I have completed in New Zealand. As a local I had heard good things about the Tongariro Crossing, but I was still blown away by the incredible scenery and landscapes that were experienced across the hike. I completed the...More

Thank Cody C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely stunning views and exceptionally beautiful area. Its not a hard walk, but there is a difficult shale bit coming off the ridge. Good shoes are recommended and do carry food and water as nothing is available. A definitely must do day out. Book a...More

2  Thank Salcheltenham
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing! It was so cold and as we climbed, it certainly got colder, that it started to snow. SO many stairs to climb, so I do advice you train for this gorgeous walk. Once through to the other side of Tongariro, the sun came...More

Thank robynd513
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Nina N
Is it still possible to do the Tongariro crossing in 2 weeks or is there snow already?
12 May 2017|
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Response from docgovtnz | Property representative |
Conditions on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing can change rapidly during the autumn and we are unable to say whether there will be snow on the track when you visit. We recommend you call the Department of Conservation Visitor... More
David L
We are going to Tongariro in early January and will be arriving at the National Park train station from Wellington around 1:15pm. It seems that it gets dark after 9:00; would it be crazy to attempt the alpine crossing starting in the early afternoon and finishing around nightfall? If that's not feasible, what are some good alternatives in the park that could be done comfortably in an afternoon?
4 May 2017|
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Response from docgovtnz | Property representative |
We would not recommend starting the Tongariro Alpine Crossing that late in the day. You could instead head to Whakapapa Village and visit one of the shorter walks for the afternoon (eg. Taranaki Falls, Ridge Track, Silica... More
Where is the best place to get an up to date weather forecast for the day that I want to do the one day Alpine crossing end of April or early May 2017. Is this a good time to do the Hike, weather permitting?
19 April 2017|
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Response from 312SilviaM | Reviewed this property |
It's really allright , new zealand changes weather all the time, you will most likely find good weather, but just be ready with a rain jacket and sunscreen (in case)