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Tongariro Crossing

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Ranked #2 of 913 attractions in North Island
Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Walking
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The views are amazing and is definetly the best one day trek you can find. It is a 19Kms walk and we did it just under 8hrs. It is physically challanging but you will love it when you complete it. If you are driving there drive in early there are limited carparks.

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Carcans, France
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It was definitely one of the highlights of our stay in New-Zealand. Even in winter time by minus 5 degrees, it was gorgeous. The views are amazing, the colours are incredible. Between the volcanoes themselbes, the emerald lakes, the blue lake and the Mount Taranaki in the far by good weather, be sure that your eyes will be wide opened... More

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gold coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Loved being in the mountain terrain, in winter it was breathtaking. Suits all ages up to the soda falls then gets into the serious stuff thereafter.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Here follows a copy of a email I sent to the company "Tongariro Expeditions". They didn't take us to all the track they promised, that was 19 km. We did just 6. I did the tour on 8th July, 2014. Hi, My name is Juliane and I went to a tongariro expedition yesterday. I was very excited about to see... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

New Zealand has it all. The worlds best beach (see previous review), and every natural beauty there is going. If your a volcanic nut like moi then the whole north island is a treat. Other worldly doesnt come close to the landscape that is the Tongariro National Park. I`d already crossed another volcanic wilderness in Hawaii, twice, but this place... More

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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Great experience! Would advise any at least moderately fit people to do it. Stunning views and a really fantastic walk. Shuttle service from the YHA was very good too. Definitely a must if you're in NZ and love the mountains.

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San Carlos, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I was on the north island of New Zealand in May, so we were getting towards the end of season and it was getting cold. I wore 5 layers (2 t-shirts, shirt, sweatshirt and a flannel hoodie) and the wind still cut through me at times, so you MUST be prepared to dress for the occasion. Nevertheless, it was an... More

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

Make sure that you got your shuttle/transport/pick-up sorted before you leave as you cannot book them during the day (hence, my group only went half way before we had to return to our car). As we were climbing up the mountain it was very cloudy with poor visibility and we didn't quite know what views we were missing out on.... More

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