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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  • This is a must do walk for people that have moderate level of fitness! It took us about 7 hours to finish the walk and we encountered all kinds of weather conditions - windy, cloudy, sunny and snow sh...  more »
  • at first it was quite rough to get up due to rough weather however as soon as we got to lakes it cleared up and it was beautiful. Therefore no need to worry even if it is cloudy and fogy at first :)  more »
  • This was an amazing hike. Had done little exercise for the past 2-3 months so I was a little anxious going into this but was totally doable, even being unfit, but was hard work at times. Gets quite co...  more »
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  • 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).
  • 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.
  • A must for all whole ever come to NZ. Or at least those in decent physical shape. It's long, but well worth it
  • Best one-day hike in the world!

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