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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  • I had really wanted to do this track, because, as a fan of "The Lord of the rings", I wanted to step on the land of Mordor haha do all the hard route around 7-8 pm, depending on the physical condition of the person and breaks that you do. The weather is very unpredictable, so the best thing is to be well equipped. I went with a cloudy climate and drizzle, and even though I spent a lot cold (both that hands me agarrotaron) the track was amazing; you go through indescribable landscapes. Totally recommended.
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  • It was our most beautiful experience on the North Island. This hike is splendid! You take full eyes. Impossible to visit the New Zealand without going through the Tongariro. 20km of pure happiness. I promise a good night of fatigue and body aches right afterwards! Remember to book a shuttle to Ketetahi to Mangatepopo. You park at the Ketetahi and the Shuttle brings you to the start of the hike. You can then take the time it takes you to the market!
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  • As my gf was injured, I’d did it alone, the website dedicated to weather and alerts is great. There was no rain planned before 1pm so event if the shuttles canceled, I went there and started at 7 to e...  more »
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