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Good hike with great views. A bit windy up the top of the creator. Some steep parts, with stairs and rope climb. Took about 7hrs to complete but so worth the view

17 days ago

Spectacular views

Incredible trail! Felt otherworldly and so glad I did it. Staying at National Park Village was a good call too!

Awesome hike with 1metre new snow
recommend only doing guided in winter .
Used Outdoor Adventure they rocked
very few hikers in the winter quite different to the rest of the year
Crampons and Ice axe a must

walking
1 month ago

We did this in 2017 and loved it - very lucky to have clear weather to enjoy the forests, lakes and waterfalls, incredibly beautiful and a good challenging hike

1 month ago

absolutely stunning, A must do walk if your in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best hike I ever did. 6 hrs, took our time, long and hard but so worth it. Imagine walking on a Volcano, and feeling like you are on Mars! Bring layers, good shoes, lots of water and a lunch. You need shuttle service at end or another arrangement. This is a one way 20k ride. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Lucky with brilliant clear views on the way up. Knee high snow for about the last hour made for a lung-buster, but gorgeous, nonetheless. Probably took me 3hrs to the top with plenty of picture snapping. Made some coffee at the hut, then back down in about 2hrs. Low visibility on the way down, but plenty of my own tracks to follow, and fun snow tromping. Even if you only get to the top of the stairs section and don't go all the way to the hut--go for it. I think anyone could accomplish the stair part, if they take their time and just enjoy it.

1 month ago

Best ever

on Kepler Track

1 month ago

Hiked the first part up to the end of the treeline back in February. Easily the most stunning place I've ever been. The forest is incredibly lush and the trails are well maintained. It helps to have waterproof boots during the rainy season as mud does accumulate quite a bit. Once you get past the treeline prepare to be amazed with stunning views of the surrounding snowcapped mountains and lake below. I will definitely be back to complete the loop when I'm outfitted with enough gear.

One of the best

Beautiful, really varied hike. I don’t train for hikes but I wouldn’t consider myself unfit, though I found the Devil’s Staircase (?) very very challenging.
Mountainous, some looks like Mars, a bit of a scramble coming down to the lakes, and a lovely forest walk.
We took 2 cars, left 1 at Mangatepopo

hiking
2 months ago

Did this in Nov 17, lovely track.. If you saw what on the NewZealand.com adv, it us what you will be seeing there. Fantastic sightseeing, but It was hard for me 4 days of walking, best to travel light and carry pain killer, just in case you need it for the sore feet. Wooly for the feet and Vaseline work best. But it is a once in a lifetime experience

One of the most challenging but fun hikes I’ve ever done!! 110% recommend taking your partner and seeing how long you can last

hiking
2 months ago

Hard track with 1941 steps and after it's almost climbing

The view is awsome !

hiking
2 months ago

I did this track in one day !
the first part is lovely.
After that was snowing so WE couldn't see much

Anyway it's a really nice track to do, but you should do it during the great season (Oct/Apr).

3 months ago

Did this track in Feb 2016 and bloody loved it. I choose to do it in three days but in hindsight would next time take the four days.

when it says this track is used heavily it sure is popular which makes booking essential but the beauty is you are on it with 40 or less people at a time.

I walked solo and had no-one near me through the day, but if you want company you can easily have it.

I based in TE Anau and drove up into MIlford sound two days before to have a good look around. Glad I did as I got in on the last day and it was getting dark.

This walk is beautiful and so is getting to and out of it. You won't ever regret it.

The track is safe and easy so you can Definatly do it solo and don't need to be guided.

The huts are second to none and are equipped with bed mats, gas for cooking, heating and water for washing up.

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I have to confessed, we decide to do this hike because of "mount doom" and after completing it we were amazed with EVERYTHING. we did it around January 4-7, cant recall the exact day by now :/

We took a shuttle from our RV campground to Mangatepopo car park; and the same service pick us up at Ketetahi car park. (I think we used this one https://nationalparkshuttles.rezdy.com/190355/tongariro-alpine-crossing-return-transport-from-national-park-village-to-the-mangatepopo-car-park )
At the start it was misty and light rain, by the time we hit the real steep part it was foggy; we stay around 1h in the highest point, and when going down it was sunny.
Our shuttle pick us up around 9am, and we got the last shuttle back at 6pm. Took around 1h on the top and took a LOT of picture. we (I) are also slow pace hikers.

Is suppose to be very crowded, dunno if it was because there was storm in the area the day before (we had to re-schedule our trip to the area and stay in Taupo an extra day) but it never felt crowded.

Advice: Make sure you have rain jacket, do layers (I was wearing 1 t-shirt, 1 swearer, raining jacket; 1 legging and one water proof pant on top >> end up with leggings and t-shirt; swearer on and off)
We took 2L water each, but it was not as hot/humid so we consume less water than on previous hikes.
Good boots
DONT forget your camera :D

Enjoy

hiking
3 months ago

February 2018

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful absolutely stunning a day of dreams coming true dis this beast twice and miss it every single day. Always have dreams of it and will 100% do it many more times just for inner satisfaction

Beautiful hike! Just as said in previous reviews, hikers are rewarded with amazing views all around. The hike was 6km in total, 6.25km if you do the loop as well. We are relatively experience hikers and completed the track in 1.5 hours although the sign said 2 hours.

I have walked the Track twice with Ultimate Hikes Guided Walks and still rate it one of the best Walks I have ever done.
I shared the experience with friends on both occasions and we had good weather that included snow on the Mackinnon Pass on the 2nd occasion
Both my trips were in November and the only downside was the Sandflies that pestered you (take bushmans deet if you can cope with it )
The track can be very wet and dangerous if you are on your own so I can heartily recommend the Ultimate Hikes Guided Walk for the ultimate in 5 star hiking!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Had a perfect day with clear skies. 3ish hours to the hut. Three exploring up there. And 3.5 down

one of the best hikes in the Northland! A really good workout for an overall short distance. some steep inclines with steps but the views are awesome and you can see the bay side and the ocean side as you hike.

the beautiful hills and the colors of the water in the bay are amazing! trail is well-marked and maintained. I highly suggest this hike.

Afterwards, stop at WAINUI Bay and have a snack on the beach. sand beach, beautiful water and just a few people.

Great scenery if you’re not in a cloud (like it was when we did it). The trail was clear when we started but clouded up by the time we got above bushline. The biggest detractor is the sheer volume of people. There were quite possibly 1000 other folks on the trail and many times we were waiting in line on certain parts of the trail. For us this was a huge detractor from the overall experience. We hiked this in early March on a Saturday so that probably was a factor in the busyness. There are lots of other spots in NZ that are far less crowded.

I visited both north and south islands in November 2017. Overall, I loved the south island a bit more in terms of alpine hiking/epic views, but this north island hike ended up being my favorite on the entire trip. This hike has to be the most popular hike in NZ other than the Milford Track (not a day hike like this one), and for great reason. It also seems to be one of the most diverse hikes in NZ including volcanoes, crater lakes, glacial valleys, and rainforest at the end. We had every type of weather along the way, and I loved it. Bring rain gear/great boots and you'll be fine. This will definitely make a great memory if you decide to do it. Like I said. Very popular, but for a reason. Tongariro Expeditions shuttles from Taupo worked out great. Take the early bird shuttle at 5:30 am. to get a head start before the rest.

Best day of my life so far.

hiking
5 months ago

Epic..... even on a cloudy rainy day. The hillside and rain forest vegetation are completely stunning.

5 months ago

a nice, easy short hike to see the amazingly clear water! yes, it is clear water and you can actually see the spring water bubbling out of the ground and creating a cloud of sand whirling around on the bottom of the river! nowhere else have I been able to see the actual spring water as it comes out of the ground. definitely work a visit and not far off the main road!

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