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. 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 went there by myself on a quiet day. I probably only saw 20 hikers through the whole walk. It was surreal and amazing experience to see craters and volcanic lakes in so close distance. You can’t... 
    I went there by myself on a quiet day. I probably only saw 20 hikers through the whole walk. It was surreal and amazing experience to see craters and volcanic lakes in so close distance. You can’t...  more »
  • What a fantastic tramp. The middle section is steep and arduous climb so a decent level of fitness and leg strength is required. You need to be prepared as it is an alpine environment and the... 
    What a fantastic tramp. The middle section is steep and arduous climb so a decent level of fitness and leg strength is required. You need to be prepared as it is an alpine environment and the...  more »
  • Fantastic hike, but you do need to be prepared for hot and cold conditions. The middle climb is quite tough, so you need to be fit. Take toilet paper as none is provided. We took a thermos, it was a....  more
    Fantastic hike, but you do need to be prepared for hot and cold conditions. The middle climb is quite tough, so you need to be fit. Take toilet paper as none is provided. We took a thermos, it was a....  more »
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  • One of my favorite hiking trip can't believe it was in 2011
  • Me and my partner very enjoyed the trip except the knees
  • Had done this walk 4 times so far . Never disappoints. Really impressive scenery. Highly recommend.
  • The first part of the track was really boring and the views were spectacular but the wind was way too strong at the top of the south crater when we were there, blowing at around 70-80ish km/h. We had to turn back which was really disappointing and didn’t get to see the lakes.
  • Beautiful track, long but not too much, level gain very manageable. Only for people with good knees!

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