Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park

Must see · Hiking Trail · Nature / 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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  • Excellent hike. We enjoyed our day hike and the beautiful scenery of the two mountain peaks and lakes. Had our packed lunch at the Blue lake and admired the natural surroundings. The hike downhill...  more »
  • Absolutely amazing! It is a demanding day however especially the first half of the track. Please be prepared for a hefty climb up many box steps followed by an assent up a rocky exposed mountain...  more »
  • We hiked the crossing today. Very prepared with merino, water proof over jackets, poles, UV hats and ski hats and ski gloves if it got real cold. We all needed everything we had brought. Walk...  more »

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