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Tongariro Crossing

Address: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 779 Attractions in North Island
Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Walking
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Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Walking
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San Diego, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This was our top hike in New Zealand when we went in Dec/Jan 2010. We were fortunate to have good weather, as we heard at the time, some people waiting 2-3 days for good weather. It was a tough hike with quite a bit of climbing, but the colorful volcanic pools were absolutely mesmerizing I remember. It is still the... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I feel so blessed to have the privilege of terrific weather to enjoy the Crossing. What a variation of scenery and temperatures. Vast expanses of rock, tufts of grasses, snow, shingle, hot dry wind and then cold chilling wind. Mt Taranaki in the distance, the beautiful turquoise coloured Emerald Craters below and seeing the puffs of white cloudy steam brings... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Wow this was a great trek with some stunning scenery. Best thing I can advise is be in some reasonable physical condition this is not like walking on your tread mill for 12 miles. Have good hiking boots for ankle protection as there is a good deal of terrain that is waiting to provide you a twisted ankle. Have all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

We were blessed with near perfect weather, no wind and overcast but warm. The climb and descent into red crater was the toughest I have done to date - I have done Milford Track and Queen Charlotte Track. All that was worth to see the Volcanic craters, the emerald lakes and view. Kids handled easier, my daughter 14 says she... More 

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Durham UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The Tongarino sub-alpine crossing in an iconic and brilliant trek.The landscape is unique and amazing , the walk is circa 18km with a movement in height of around 2-3,000 feet.It takes a day and requiires reasonable fitness. I was determined to make the hike during my wife and my Five week NZ trip . As a pretty fit 60+ year... More 

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Snells Beach, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

One of New Zealand's iconic walks through the volcanic plateau of the North Island, the crossing is a strenuous but worthwhile experience. Generally you overnight at a local motel before leaving by minibus just before daybreak to go the the start. The walk takes all day and crosses a lunar like landscape between the semi dormant peaks of Ngauruhoe and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the great walks for a reason. Seriously an amazing walk, with every step worth the view at the top. The walk is a fairly strenuous, and would likely require an average level of fitness. Half of our group made it up Mt Ngauruhoe, however there were loose rocks and was quite a slippery hike,... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This tramp is absolutely to recommend. It is beautiful from beginning to end. The whole trip is about 7-8 hours, and it is quite hard. Make sure to bring the right gear, good tramping boots, enough food and camera! This reminds me of "Beseggen"

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

One of the best day hikes definitely! Going up and down the red crater might be slightly tough for those unfit, but the views from up top and of the emerald and blue lakes are worth the climb and effort. Climbed when the weather wasn't that good - had gales which threatened to blow us off our feet - so... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The Tongariro Crossing is a wonderful hike. I did this hike in October with good weather so had good views most of the time. The following day the trail was closed due to high winds so timing is everything for this hike. Stayed overnight in Taupo and drove to the Ketetahi Parking Lot, arriving at 7:15am for my 7:30am shuttle... More 

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