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Tongariro Crossing

Address: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Ranked #2 of 1,206 things to do in North Island
Type: Hiking trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Walking
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Type: Hiking trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Walking
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We did the one day hiking trip from a hostel in the park with shuttles. So everything was organised from the hostel. It was one of the best hikings I ever did! The landscape varied and every difference was WOW! Volcanic, lakes in beautiful colours and in some parts an ambition hiking track. And ok, we also had perfect sun... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This hike does get a bit crowded and it has some folks who are clearly not quite prepared for the challenge both physically and otherwise. This is a long hike and it is strenuous! We saw a lot of people struggling. Have some sense and wear HIKING boots, cover your skin and head, bring plenty of water, and sensible food... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Classified as tramping track, walk the track in either direction (about 19.4km), although there is less climbing involved if start from Mangatepopo to Ketetahi. There were lots people that day when we did our walk, almost like ant trail. It was drizzling and cloudy, not much view to take it. The wind was howling when we were at the peak.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I’m so glad we did this hike during a recent trip to New Zealand!!! Would recommend starting out from the Mangatepopo drop off as early as you can to avoid some of the crowds. That said, it will be pretty packed no matter when you start, but it doesn’t really matter. The scenery is breathtaking and you will be blown... More 

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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The landscape and the views are beautiful and I can see why the walk is so popular. Unfortunatley this is it's downfall however. The trail was so busy when we did it that you were literally walking right on peoples heels and as you looked ahead all you could see was people for miles - an "ant trail" walking up... More 

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44 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Definitely suggest climbing Mount Ngauruhoe if you're able. Otherwise I think the crossing would be really nice, particularly since it's relatively quick, but Ngauruhoe made it one of the best day hikes I could imagine. One note that hopefully the park can clean up over time is that the distance/time markings/estimates seem off. This was important for me as a... More 

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Minneapolis
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86 reviews 86 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This trek was truly a highlight of a lifetime comparable to Machu picchu. Unbelievably beautiful vistas - a non stop WOW. Plus, we were first ones out so shared the vistas with no more than a dozen. And let me weigh in on the difficulty of this trek. It was HARD! Much harder than we were led to believe. Is... More 

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Preston, Lancashire
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38 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Our guide book rates this as one of the world’s best one day hikes. It’s hard to disagree with this view and the day represented one of the real highlights of our six week trip. We stayed at Discovery Lodge within the National Park primarily because they offered a 5.35am start meaning you are at the trailhead for 6am which... More 

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England
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270 reviews 270 reviews
69 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

My Canadian wife wanted to do the Crossing as I had told her about it. When I was younger I used to explore this area and even camped at Blue Crater Lake when it was allowed. We organised the shuttle from National Park to the beginning of the track at Mangatepopo. Picked us up at 7am and we were on... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a fantastic walk for anyone who is reasonably fit. The multiple sceneries are breath-taking and unique. It is really worth waking and departing early to avoid walking in a crowd (starting the walk at 8:00 am is too late) - this walk is famous and popular! Good gripping shoes are required as the sandy slopes upwards and rocky... More 

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