Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a 11.9 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Whakapapa Village, Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
No permit is needed for the one-day Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike, however transportation arrangements must be made for both ends of the hike. You must also be mindful of shuttle pick-up times if you decide to summit Mt. Tongariro or Mt. Ngauruhoe (both cannot be done within the same day). There are sections of the hike that are considered active volcano areas.
Absolutely beautiful! But you must be prepared for the weather. We didn't get the trail on the best day, Easter weekend. Visibility was super low. I wish we could have gone on a better day and top of the mountain was more than rough to pass due to the wind conditions and hail. Be prepared for that with gloves and heavy rain gear. It took us about 7 hours without the two summits, just lots of pictures.
What an experience! Pretty tough, very beautiful.
Beautiful hike- pictures don't do it any justice. Definitely a steep climb at the beginning and the downhill is rough on your feet at the end, but it was stunning. We went at a pretty leisurely pace and finished in 7 hours (without doing either of the summits). Would highly recommend! We got lucky with weather and it was chilly/windy at the top, but definitely manageable.
Those steps that never ends but it becomes beautiful and you forget the first hills
65km winds, 12mm rain and limited visibility made a lot of hikers turn back so we had relative solitude on the trek. The rain actually made the experience that much more enjoyable and the fog lifted momentarily for us to see the emerald lakes in all their glory. Will be back for the craters!
Absolutely wonderful. This is a life list day hike and packs in more excitement then hikes far longer. Depending on which side you start from you'll travel through a boggy marsh, volcanic barrens, snowfields, active volcanic grassland, and rain forest. Photos show the diversity of beauty of this hike. Just do it.
Amazing experience! Not to be missed if you're traveling in New Zealand.