Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park
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Get ready for an outdoor adventure among some of New Zealand's best volcanic scenery at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Linking Mangatepopo and Ketetahi hot springs, this hiking trail leads you past three active volcanoes, colorful mineral-filled lakes, steaming fumaroles, and boiling springs. With a length of 19.4 km (12.1 mi) and frequent rugged terrain, the trek requires a reasonable level of fitness, adequate equipment, and, importantly, sufficient amounts of drinking water. During the summer numerous shuttles operate between the two trailheads and connect them to the nearby towns. In the winter, however, very few shuttles run; avoid long waits or having to walk back to your car by taking one of the guided tours that includes a bus transfer. Make Tongariro Alpine Crossing a part of your Tongariro National Park vacation plans using our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary maker.
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  • With a 'bucket list' trip to NZ set, I had wanted to be able to share one of my husband's joys in life...alpine treks. However, I almost had myself talked out of it after reading numerous online accou...  more »
  • What an amazing, rewarding hike! Luckily the day we did it we had amazing sunny weather, but be sure to wear layers because the wind and temperature varies across the hike. It was extremely difficult ...  more »
  • The Tongariro Crossing/Mount Ngauruhoe was the number one thing on my list for my trip to New Zealand. As it was early in the season(late Sept), you have to be prepared for all seasons, and I definite...  more »