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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  • An amazing way to see the volcanos in the Tongariro National Park. Informative and friendly staff who took great care to ensure our safety.A thoroughly unmissable experience even for those nervous of ...  more »
  • This is the best hiking trip that I have ever done. It is a 5-6 hour walk but the weather can change rapidly, from cold to hot. The view is stunning and it's scary when you look down and see that the ...  more »
  • Due to bad weather, we would have to move the tour one day. This is also absolutely recommended, as there is often very strong wind up on the pass Summit at the "red crater". Coupled with poor visibility through clouds, is this little fun and is also not safe. The trails are marked although excellent, but poor visibility can easily cause problems. The next day, we had amazing weather, and the tour became a top event of our trip. Great view of a unique volcanic landscape and paths from high mountains to rainforest. Good Footwear, umbrella and heat-insulating equipment indispensable. Water and sunshine also. Most take about 7 hours With good fitness walking but also under 6 hours.
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