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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Off State Highway 48 | Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7-892 3729
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Off State Highway 48 | Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7-892 3729
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband convinced me to complete the 19km hike across this alpine crossing, could be longer if you scramble up 'mount doom (from Lord of the Rings). It was a tiring hike (6.5hrs) but has rewarding views, great people to chat too, as it's a...More

1  Thank Emma H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The amazing Tongario Alpine crossing walk is one of the best natural walks in the world. It is situated in Tongariro National Park is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site. The Tongariro National Park is rich in both cultural identity...More

1  Thank Cahyadi S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure you are at least averagely fit before attempting this, but if you are make sure it is on your bucket list. When we did it there was cloud at the top, but the landscapes and views on the way up and down were...More

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely worth every cent! overall through the vast atmospheres explored through hiking, and a scenic train ride and a following ferry trip etc there could not have been any better service when it came to the welcoming staff and number of activities available. There was...More

Thank sommerjadesmith
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the daytrip trek on a sunny day in high season. We waited one week to get a day like this. On such days, expect crowds on the mountains. Also people who are not fit enough for such a trek. Just do it with...More

Thank Catalina M
Reviewed August 11, 2017 via mobile

We went in winter with a company called adrift which was amazing. Really informative tour and the guides were all a good laugh. We also got tonnes of information about the geography of the area as well as some movie facts. I would say that...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed August 11, 2017

Amazing views, really enjoyed this. I went on a day when the weather was 50/50 and they called it ok on the morning but with little visibility. The clouds blew over and the views were amazing. It was made to sound like a tough walk,...More

Thank Charlotte12358
Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile

Several times over the years I have made the pilgrimage over this sacred mountain Love the busy summer or the enchanted winters on the crossing Find lots of under prepared casual hikers who have no idea the risk they are taking heading over an alpine...More

Thank kiwimartinnz
Reviewed August 4, 2017

I felt as though I was on Mars. It's such a beautiful place. The Emerald Lakes were spectacular. My advice to future travellers: Wear proper footwear. So many people turned up in chuck taylors of jandals. You are walking on an active volcano, wear something...More

Thank Georgia S
Reviewed July 21, 2017 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

4  Thank stephanie_sandiego1
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September 13, 2017|
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Response from kiwimartinnz | Reviewed this property |
The mountains in that area have in the last week record snow falls for September I know mt ruapehu has had over 1 metre We're not even halfway through the month & we've hit our highest September snowfall in 5 years! With... More
August 2, 2017|
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Response from Alan H | Reviewed this property |
you would probably need a few hours sit down after. may head down one day,hit couple of sites on the way,do the crossing and possibly head back same day if you think you might have time. if you start the walk at 8 and walk... More
July 13, 2017|
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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