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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 June 17, 2017

Trek in June 7th. Stayed at the National Park Tavern. Did not notice that nearly all TAC shuttles do not operate during this winter time. So its important to make sure you have your own car. I was fortunate because the owner of National Park...More

Thank David_TanPuchong
Reviewed June 6, 2017

It's difficult to pick a highlight from a 7 week trip of North and South Islands but this is definitely up there. After the walk up over the saddle between Mt Ngauruhoe & Mt Tongariro through amazing volcanic terrain you are rewarded with the spectacle...More

1  Thank suzefur
Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

If you are a big fan of Lord of the ring this is exactly what you have to do in here. The beginning it's difficult but at the end you will be amazed by the view at pretty lakes with clear water!!

1  Thank Adele x
Reviewed May 23, 2017

Prepare to pack your hiking boots for this trek. An excellent day hike that took us just under 7 hours to complete. For me it was much harder than I expected, but the feeling of accomplishment when I had completed it was amazing! And just...More

2  Thank breejm
Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

Amazing views, walking through clouds, magical blue and green circle shaped lakes.. 👌 I don't work out or do things like this often it was quite a challenge but definitely worth it now I can say I've done the tongariro crossing 😂 woooo!

Thank Katarina T
Reviewed May 21, 2017

I waited in rainy Ohakune for 3 days before the sun decided to come out and I think a lot of people were doing something similar as it was extremely busy - particularly by the Red Crater and Emerald Lakes HOWEVER don't be put off...More

Thank 351dannyw
Reviewed May 19, 2017

This was harder than I expected and WAY more amazing than I expected. I'd love to do it again. The advice I have is that it's always cold at the summit, so bring some tissue for a cold-induced runny nose. :)

Thank Christina C
Reviewed May 18, 2017 via mobile

This is a fantastic one day hike, here are a few things to think about: 1. It's demanding in places, especially climbing over the ridge where there are ropes to help you up and steady you. You need a reasonable level of fitness to complete...More

4  Thank goldilocks_in_auck
Reviewed May 16, 2017

about 6K elevation gain and loss, an active volcano, mineral colored lakes, views for 50 miles on a nice day, like 12 miles, 18 kilos or so of walking, and all things that make New Zealand one of the most beautiful places we've ever been....More

Thank Mike21NJ7
Reviewed May 16, 2017

We were hampered by bad weather and had to wait a few days to be able to do the walk. It was worth the wait. The scenery was great- volcanic terrain, beautiful lakes, such amazing colours. Strenuous at times but manageable. We really enjoyed.

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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