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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  • We did the crossing on 13/12 after it had been closed for three days and is in fact closed again today 14/12. We started at 9.45 after the hoarders had gone so had the whole route pretty much to ourse...  more »
  • A long route along which you will get extremely absorbed by the immensity of nature. One of the best experiences I have ever had. 
  • Not the easiest hike, you need to have some hiking experience to endure the almost 20 kilometres in the kind of weather that can change at the blink of an eye, but the views are amazing! It is quite b...  more »