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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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Address: Off State Highway 47 | Mangatepopo Valley, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7 892 3729
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$22.30*
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Full-Day Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike
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It's my 3rd time on this amazing trek and this time in winter it's a very different experience. We hiked from Mangatepopo Rd car park to Red crater and return the same way. It is... read more

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's my 3rd time on this amazing trek and this time in winter it's a very different experience. We hiked from Mangatepopo Rd car park to Red crater and return the same way. It is important to be well equipped for alpine conditions, as temperatures are below freezing and it could be very cold, wet and windy along the trek.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I backpacked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing circuit in April. Doing the crossing on the second day out, the trail was officially closed due to gale force winds and driving rain. Conditions when I left the hut were not bad, but the higher I hiked the more intense the weather became. At the top of the ridge I could barely stand... More 

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Des Moines, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I were on a 25th anniversary trip and did the crossing. Perfect day with 100 mile vistas in every direction. Make sure to wear great hiking shoes. People were hiking in trainers and even sandals; not recommended. We hiked from the start to Blue Lake and then hiked back rather than doing the through hike (this was... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I did the crossing in July. Fist thing to know about going is July: it is cold, sometimes the weather conditions are poor and you might not be able to do it (safely) and there is a risk of avalanche. However, it so beautiful during this time!!! During the winter I would strongly recommend to have a... More 

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State of Sao Paulo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

get some things at new world near lknz lodge, be prepared and have the best time climbing tongariro in order to find the best view from emerald lakes. if you by any chance freeze your hands, just get some rocks 5cm deep on the ground and rub it in... great place, great view, days to remember for life.

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Taumarunui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did the crossing in conjunction with the Tongariro Northern Circuit did as a 4 day trip started from Whakapapa village walked to Mangetopopo hut did the crossing to the emerald lakes then did the Northern circuit stayed in 2 more huts then did the circuit back to Whakapapa total of 4 days was windy on the second day visability was... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Trekking is fabulous!. We were very lucky with the weather, as it was August and had a sunny day. The whole trekking takes roughly 8 hours and it´s 20km long. We did this with a fully guided tour (Tongariro Expeditions) as it was too dangerous to do it on your own as there was a lot of snow and... More 

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Balmoral, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have done the crossing both in summer en winter now. And it is a must-do in both cases. In summer the rocky surroundings really thrive in the heat and the colours of the hardened lava are at their best. Nguaruhu is in it's element. But in wintertime, everything turns white, there are massive amounts of snow everywhere, nguaruhu is... More 

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Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you're mini-sized like us and considering this trek in winter, please note that you'd likely struggle completing this. If you choose to turn back due to sickness, please note that they will call an ambulance without your approval incurring a total cost of $1,500++ on top of the $175 you had paid for the guided winter alpine crossing. The... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

This 18km walk offers flat plains, slippy slopes, a very short via ferrata, wooded hills, volcanic whisps, stunning highly coloured lakes (poisonous!) and possibly a T-shirt and certificate at the end. And there are only 2 loo stops in that 18km. If the weather is clear this is a stunning walk unlike any other you're likely to make. It's an... More 

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