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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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Full-Day Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike
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Even though is very weather dependent and we happened to go in winter it was definitely a challenge. Never in a million year did I think I could hike, not walk, 12 km. Not only... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Marla L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Even though is very weather dependent and we happened to go in winter it was definitely a challenge. Never in a million year did I think I could hike, not walk, 12 km. Not only was it an always changing terrain it was an always changing weather. We were literally hiking in the side of the mountain while completely covered... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It might seem daunting but you have to do the crossing at least once in your life. New Zealander or not! The views are amazing. Best time of year is mid to the end of summer. The photos attached are from Mid Jan 2016. You can see the weather is very stable for a safe crossing. Take loads of water... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing day, the weather was awful, but the sense of achievement once we had completed it was incredible. This is not for the feint hearted, and you must have the correct equipment. The hint is in the name 'Alpine' and it certainly didn't disappoint. We took six and a half hours for our crossing, however the weather was... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best hiking experience we have done yet!!! Along 20 kms, for 7 to 8 hours and with temperatures that can reach -3C you go beyond your limits watching incredible scenery. Also, as we did it on winter, in some places it seemed that you were walking on Siberia - everything was white!!! The usage of crampons and ice axes... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a fairly fit person but I'm a flat lander. The uphill trekking was a bit rough going. The hike took me about 5 hours but that was with many stops for photos and to have lunch. The crossing is 21 kilometres and is just breath taking. Honestly the only time you really are aware that it is difficult is... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So I'm not a very fit person. I never exercise, I have a pretty poor diet and I've gained like 20kg since I quit smoking. So to say I completed this crossing is a triumph. The walk was absolutely amazing. Every time you turned back you see another stunning landscape. The Devils staircase was a challenge (especially for me). Never... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had heard all about how awesome this day walk was through the Tongariro crossing but also how difficult.Yes some parts are more challenging that others but as a 55+ couple we had no troubles managing the walk in 6.5 hours, including breaks for the granola bar and water. We started off with beautiful views but by the time we arrived... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was told that cramp-ons and picks weren't necessary. In winter this is rubbish, would suggest full alpine gear as we thought we were going to die. There were no barriers or ropes with one misstep resulting in server injury or death. The area was beautiful and stunning but this is not for the weekend warrior, experience (particularly in winter) is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband (age 72) got great advice from a local prior to doing this hike, which is to hike from the Mangatepopo Car Park to the summit and back, rather than doing a through hike. This way, you get to see all of the great views without the long slog at the end and you don’t have to worry about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spectacular Volcanic Terrain - Among its highlights are steaming vents and hot springs, old lava flows, beautiful water-filled explosion craters and stunning views. On a clear day you can see Mount Taranaki in the west, Mount Ngauruhoe, the Kaimanawa Ranges, Lake Taupo and beyond. This is a MUST DO !!!

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