Thanks to Sarah Cate and Lyell for an awesome experience hiking the Tongariro Crossing. Sarah Cate made the call to postpone the hike by one day due to weather and we ended up with the perfect day. Our guide Lyell was great and we were well equipped for the trek with crampons and ice axes. I found both extremely useful as there was slippery ice and thick snow once up in between the mountains. Noticed other groups left to their own devices and most without axes - some without crampons. Some looked lost. So glad we went with the best company around - it was obvious. We were guided the whole way, felt safe and learnt heaps about the volcanic area which was great. This is a freedom walk in the summer months but in winter a guide is necessary for safety purposes. Highly recommend using such a professional tour guide and making the most out of this experience. Crossing itself rated 10/10 - the snow was the icing on the cake - every step was magical. You have to do this hike!
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