We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Off State Highway 48 | Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7-892 3729
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Full-Day Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike
More Info
and up
Tongariro Self-Guided Audio Tour
More Info
and up
Small-Group Fishers Track Mountain Bike Adventure
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Always check the website for changes that might affect your trip.
  • Excellent85%
  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“red crater” (176 reviews)
“emerald lakes” (155 reviews)
“car park” (143 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Off State Highway 48 | Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7-892 3729
Write a Review
Reviews (1,470)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 1,161 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I hated it, I loved it, I loved that I hated it. :) Definitely not an "easy" trek, but totally doable, even for the moderately fit. Plan well; you never know what the conditions will do. I varied between a t-shirt to three layers when...More

1  Thank stephanie_sandiego1
Reviewed 1 week ago

almost always busy but still never fails to disappoint. a pilgrimage. don't rush it. take sensible clothes (its a mountain)

Thank Alan H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was one of the crucial points of my wish-list while visiting NZ. To the last moment we were not sure whether weather will allow us to make it, but - mercifully - it did! It really is an alpine walk - you have to...More

1  Thank TwoEMs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first hike my partner and I have done, and we were quite nervous as to whether we would be fit enough (we are both 22 and had never done something so physically demanding). However we were pleasantly surprised that we completed the...More

1  Thank Lucy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you only do one thing in the North Island, make this it. The whole crossing is some of the most photogenic scenery you'll come across. If you don't want to pay $30 per person to get picked up at the end of the crossing...More

Thank lgallagher22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did this walk back in September and it was absolutely unreal. I was a bit worried as it was covered in snow and I'm not very fit and read that makes it difficult, and honestly, it was quite a challenge BUT it was totally worth...More

1  Thank amkleintje
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A walk everyone needs to do and it was just so beautiful, next time I hope to go there when there's snow too.

Thank Tariga H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn´t know what to expect when I started walking but soon I was amazed by the beauty of the landscape: the active volcanos, the fauna and flora, the little frozen streams along the path. It´s a really long way to the top and then...More

Thank Lore O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing Trek with stunning views!! Whilst it is easily doable, a reasonable level of fitness wouldn't go a miss. When I was going around I heard people complaining saying they thought it was going to be a lot simpler!! Come on - think about it!!...More

1  Thank Robert019u
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love hiking and have done many including in the Swiss Alps and Canadian Rockies and this is write up there (if not better). We did it in late June and thought the track would be quiet but it was still quite busy and it's...More

Thank Anthony C
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Ruapehu Restaurant
167 reviews
4.43 miles away
The Station Cafe and Restaurant
498 reviews
10.28 miles away
Cafe 39 South
63 reviews
14.91 miles away
Creel Tackle House & Cafe
194 reviews
16.28 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre (Whakapapa Visitor Centre)
314 reviews
4.51 miles away
Tama Lakes
37 reviews
4.37 miles away
Silica Rapids Track
22 reviews
4.67 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
July 13, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from lgallagher22 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely doable. We did this when on tour for the Lions rugby. Drove up in the evening, walked the crossing and drove back the next day
Nina N
May 11, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from docgovtnz | Property representative |
Conditions on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing can change rapidly during the autumn and we are unable to say whether there will be snow on the track when you visit. We recommend you call the Department of Conservation Visitor... More
David L
May 3, 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from docgovtnz | Property representative |
We would not recommend starting the Tongariro Alpine Crossing that late in the day. You could instead head to Whakapapa Village and visit one of the shorter walks for the afternoon (eg. Taranaki Falls, Ridge Track, Silica... More