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Off State Highway 48 | Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

I don't see how this is considered one of the best day hikes in the world. Not even in New Zealand. It's very long, but not as tough as I expected - the ascent is nicely broken by long flat stretches. Basically the most interesting...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank krisvcnt
Reviewed yesterday

Within reason, age is no obstacle, three of us closer to 70 than 65 managed it in seven and a half hours. We are all fit but not trekkers and found the long descent more taxing than the climb. Be well prepared for any weather,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank wildr0vers
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Pretty and wild, and challenging. Sliding down the gravel pitch felt amazing. As everyone has said, it's a really really busy hike - expect to be elbow deep in other tourists most of the hike. We brought just under 2 L of water each, and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Clay H
Reviewed 2 days ago

I can’t believe that this is the best day hike in New Zealand simply because it is far too crowded. Apparently there were upwards of 1000 trampers on the day I did this. 1000 people spread out over 20km except they’re not spread out. I’ll...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mike S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The views on this strenuous mountain walk amply repay the effort needed to see them. The first half includes some seriously steep and prolonged ascents but Adrift supply a guide at the front and another at the back of the small party (we were 11)...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank IanC797
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It’s a beautiful hike and worth the pain to see these natural wonders. The first part is not so bad. There is one semi tough ascend at devils staircase but there’s room to take lots of breaks and take in the view. It goes quickly....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MVT83
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My partner and I did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing a few days ago. We are 29 and 33 years old and quite fit but we both found this hike tough. It says it takes 6.5 hours to do the hike, so with us being fit,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank rebeccathorpe
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not that hard as advertised. cca 20 km but elevation is not that bad and there is plenty of flat section where you can catch your breath. Nevertheless the scenery during the hike is outstanding, especially if you are LOTR fan. Mount Doom is watching...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a top day walk that is challenging enough to know you have achieved something without being technical or scary to even a novice. The trail is very clearly marked. The views are genuinely spectacular. Take your time and savor the experience - it...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bristol603s
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was exceptionally lucky with weather, but be professional and make sure you take recommended walking gear with you . Try to set out as early as possible . Be ready to start for 7.30-8 am. It takes about 7-8 hours . The walk up to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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February 10, 2019|
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Response from Victoria T | Reviewed this property |
Hi Yes there is a four hour time limit in that parking lot, so you cannot leave your car there, hike and get a ride back to your car. The hike and ride back will take longer than four hours. There are a lot of shuttle... More
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Response from davidtB4701LF | Reviewed this property |
Yes that would work. Personally I’d go the other way from the ketetahi car park and walk for say 5kms up the Tongariro crossing trail as it is all beech forest so the weather would be less of an issue. You could go as far as... More