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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  • This is not a walk to be taken lightly or for the faint hearted. It covers 19.4km of tough mountain terrain reaching 1900m at its highest point. You require to be fully prepared in terms of clothing, ...  more »
  • An absolute must! But it is a hike and not a walk. Accordingly, physical fitness, footwear, food and appropriate clothing are required. The weather can change within minutes. Of the Mangatepopo car park up to the Blue Lake and back did it 7 hours take (incl. breaks). Who not too much time or doubts on his physical condition, can take up the Soda Springs and go back - approx. 300 metres difference in altitude and 1 hour each way.
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  • I had heard many stories about how people had walked this in sandals, been unfit, really old or really young, and breezed through. Let me tell you, that is not the case. It is really worth the effort ...  more »