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Tongariro Crossing

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Ranked #3 of 926 Attractions in North Island
Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Walking
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I was lucky enough to hike this on my birthday, on a beautiful day. It was a little bit cloudy, but there was enough sun to enjoy a very wide view! It is without a doubt the most beautiful one-day trek i have done in my life (so far). It is absolutely gorgeous, you do need to have a good/average... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous ! Requires a correct level of fitness, especially for the first climb. The walk lasts about 6 hours, even if i saw some people running (which in this case may take 4 :)). With the black lava you walk on, it's just a feeling to walk on the moon. Please consider going on a clear sky to be... More

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Darmstadt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Amazing hike, still the best in my life! And I did this 5 years ago (I couldn't choose earlier than September 2013 in tripadvisor) you must consider! 3-4 very different landscapes in one day, where do you find that?!?

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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We completed the entire Northern Circuit in 3 days, Nov-2013. We used the first day to just ease into the Tongariro environment and tramped from the trailhead to Mangatepopo Hut, where we set up our tent camp and spent the rest of the day relaxing, and enjoying the scenery. ***TIP: a great view can be had right at sunset on... More

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

actually we didn't cross tongariro, but went up and down the same way ( from the south ). it took us 4 hours to go up and another three hours to return to the parking area. we have been happy that we made it, but it was a great experience. we had good luck, because the weather was not good... More

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Auckland New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Please read this, it happens a LOT, too often This guy, in the attached photo, missed out on winning his Darwin Award this weekend...... by an ultra slim margin. - he should be dead. We found him on the Tongariro crossing, he attempted it in Jandals (also called Thongs, Flip Flops), the jacket in the photo and jeans. He lost... More

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Arrived into Taupo to be advised that the Crossing had been shut for a few days due to terrible weather and that we wouldn't be able to walk the following day . . . Found that there was a second company, based at National Park down at Whakapapa Village and rang them . . . BINGO, they were going. http://www.adriftnz.co.nz/tongariro-national-park-walks/... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Touted as the best day trek in NZ, it's easy to understand why. There is just so much to see within the eight hours trek - Mt Doom, Emerald Lakes, boulders, snow, sleet and all it's just so beautiful. This is a walk that EVERYBODY in who's been to NZ has to do!! It's also a very manageable walk but... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

As others have said, it's best to start the trek early in the morning to avoid the crowds and it means you can do the devils staircase while it's still relatively cool. The climb up was challenging but doable and I managed to complete the hike in around 6 hours. The views are absolutely incredible and well worth the climb.... More

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Really recommend starting the trek as early in the day as possible when it is quiet and before the crowds arrive. Also iif the weather is good this means you're doing the climb before the sun gets really intense. I arranged transport through Discovery Lodge (see separate review) as they have the first bus to the start and you arrive... More

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