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Tongariro Crossing

Address: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Ranked #41 of 1,228 Activities 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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Paris, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing was an amazing experience that we will never forget, as the landscape is breathtaking, very impressive indeed. The Crossing is demanding, but it can be done even by people like us who are not super fit. Of course we were lucky with weather that day, since it was neither too sunny nor rainy or foggy.... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This has always been on the must do list. You must be fit and your boots/shoes need to be comfortable! I advise plenty of stair climbing practice beforehand and be prepared with wet weather gear, woolly hat & gloves. Exceptional views on a clear day but an amazing experience whatever the weather. We caught the 7am shuttle to the crossing... More 

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Ste-Foy-les-Lyon
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

A wonderful walk to discover volcanic phenomena. The landscape is gorgeous. The best thing we have experienced in New-Zealand. It is not alpine: the so-called "devil's staircase" is just... a stair case. It is sometimes a bit steep, a good opportunity to burn your overload of chips and beer! Still, don't underestimate the DOC warnings about weather changes: bring extra... More 

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Delft
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This was an amazing experience. The most amazing views and variety of landscapes. But do not be fooled, this is really not just another hike. We did the hike on a wonderful sunny day and still the hike is challenging. Steep ascents, tricky gravelly descents so you really need to wear heavy hiking boots. If weather gets a bit tricky... More 

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Godstone, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Whilst you can do this on your own, we had a guide (Laura from Adrift Outdoors) which meant that we didn't have to worry about transport or timings, she was also really informative and we were lucky with the weather which does make a difference. Laura worked out quite quickly that our pace was good and took us on a... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

The views are so diverse on the alpine crossing, we took the shuttle from Taupo which cost $60 return, a hire car would of been better as there is security on the car park at the end. It's no wonder it gets voted one of the best day walks in the world!

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Istanbul
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5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This is the best thing I have done in my New Zealand trip. If you like hiking, or a little adventurous, like the nature, this is highly recommended. It is not an easy track, definitely not recommended for children. The first part way down is almost a bit scary I would say. We did the hike on a best day... More 

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Opotiki, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

A most diverse days trekking, with something wonder filled new around every corner and much of it seeming as though you were on another planet. The listed times are accurate - it took all of 7 hours walking, picking your way up stoney tracks and even sliding down scree type slopes. I couldn't see any advantage with the walking 'sticks'... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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97 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We've hiked all over the world, and this was definitely one of the best day hikes we've done, it's not often you get to hike over a volcano, and get to see mount doom ! We arranged a shuttle service to drop us off at the start, and pick us up at the end, it workedOK, but we'd recommend parking... More 

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Auckland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

This is NOT an easy hike. It takes around 7 hours, and there's a lot of up and down. You need to have at least medium fitness to do this. However, if you can do it, you absolutely should. While it's not the most breathtaking view in the world (or New Zealand) it is one of the most interesting. At... More 

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