Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park

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. A visit to Tongariro Alpine Crossing represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary website to plot your vacation.
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  • When filling my personal information on bus, I noticed that I was the oldest guy (at 50's) in our shuttle! However, I was very pleased to have made it with my family in 7 hours. I felt it was more cha...  more »
  • This trek was one of my worst ever! My husband dreamd of this trek for a long time. I wasn’t so sure that I would make it, nor the kids, but he assured me it would be ok. We’ve done other ”hard things...  more »
  • You do need to be fit and able to climb up a constant gradient for the first 3-4 hours, but it is so worth it - at the top the views are amazing - like being in a different planet and the green lakes ...  more »
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  • Beautiful views I gotta admit, however the journey devastated my legs and soul. Took the Mangatepopo-Ketetahi route and the descent after the summit was a treacherous and mindless one. Folks without proper footwear would not have a good time at all. I feel that the route was way too twisted in a way that isn't ideal for a trek that's 19.4km long. Felt like it was a 30km one instead. Well these are merely my personal opinion so go ahead at your own risk :-)
  • Wonderful amazing track. Track listed here is the 19.4 one day hike (no huts or campsites) but there are 4 public toilets along the trail. I hiked this on a warm summer day in peak season and the queue for the loo was... very long and the trail was exceptionally busy. This start location also covers the Tongariro Northern circuit (the 3 day great walk) - ref my image below. Loos may only be kept up in summer - check with the whakapapa isite before you go. Also check weather before you hike as it can be very dangerous at the higher parts of the walk (red crater).
  • One of the North Island's best hikes.
  • the 19.4 km tramp is one of the best day tramps in the world. the track is well maintained and the volcanic landscape is amazing to see close up. it's a must do if your ever in new zealand
  • One of the best walks in the world. The scenery was spectacular. It was a bit physically demanding but not too hard.

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Where to stay in Tongariro National Park

The few accommodations within the park itself cluster around Route 48--the main road leading into the protected area--and consist of a campsite and two well-appointed alpine-style hotels. If you can't find a room there, look just outside the entrance to the settlement of National Park, offering a selection of mid-range and luxury mountain lodges on Route 4. Most of the options there offer free parking and complimentary breakfast.
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