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 19km hike was one of the highlights of my trip to the North Island. It has everything; volcanoes, stunning views, greenery and finished off going through the forest! It starts off very Lord of th...  more »
  • We arranged for a shuttle from the finish point where we parked our car back to the start of the walk to allow us to finish in our own time without a shuttle deadline to meet. We had a perfect day for...  more »
  • There's no doubt about it that the scenery is stunning, and it's a totally fabulous walk with differing terrains and vistas. But from the moment you set off on the single-track route you are in a trai...  more »
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  • 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
  • Stunning scenery!
  • Best one-day hike in the world!