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Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a 12.1 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Owhango, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 12.1 mi Elevation gain 2,690 ft Route type Point to Point

Hiking

Lake

Hot springs

Partially paved

Views

Muddy

Rocky

Snow

No shade

No dogs

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To experience what many people call the "World's Greatest Day Hike" you will need no permits, however, transportation arrangements must be made for both ends of the hike, so make sure you do some planning! 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, and the trail has optional side trips to Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe (famously known as 'Mt Doom' in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) as well as passing Mount Ruapehu.

Mountain Shuttle offers a secure car park on both ends of the track along with their shuttle service. There are many other shuttle services offered, even ones that will shuttle you from Taupo (such as Adventure Shuttles).

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Elizabete Vārava
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Woooow! Epic!

Ashley Flavell
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amazing hike. very hard when its cloudy and super windy. struggled on the summit because the wind was too strong for me to walk without support. be careful, be prepared, be fit. with all that, it's an amazing experience.

Justine Watts
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Amazing track! We loved every minute of this hike. It's a super diverse trail that winds up and around volcanoes, springs, craters, beautiful thermal lakes and then down through beautiful bush with epic views of Lake Taupo and the area. Highly recommend! I wouldn't attempt without checking weather conditions first as it is an alpine crossing which gives there opportunity for snow even in the summer. I also recommend this for intermediate hikers. Great day though!

eLner Kai Xian
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Great walk

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Ronny D.
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Amazing trail through the Volcanos, the hike is challenging especially on the top. But well rewarded by the view and landscape. We walk the trail on the first weekend after Lockdown and it was quite a traffic on the way, not queued up but every time some one around. In peak session I can imagine it will be traffic jam. We walked 6h in total. To enjoy this trail it’s really depends on the weather, we had a good day but on the top it was still freezing and windy. Proper equipment is necessary. Overall a must do trail.

Jake Cavaiani
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Great trail- it took us around 6 hours to finish it all. It is heavily trafficked but I understand why. The variety of scenery ranges from forests, alpine shrubs, lake overlooks, volcano terrain, and vibrantly colored pools. A must if you have a day in the North island.

Armitage Shanks
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Fascinating scenery, volcanoes, scree. Even so I wouldn't say it's the best day hike in the North Island at all. Very, very busy. Took us 6-7 hours at a leisurely pace. Definitely worth doing but not mind blowing

Shelby Stubbs
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Love this trail, well kept but with tons of people everywhere. Not very green but a very unique hike. Would do it again.

Bryce Born
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A unique experience. Never hiked in a long line of people. But totally worth it. Once you except that this is not a wilderness experience, you’ll have a memorable experience.

Johnt Zanota
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Un gros coup de cœur pour la randonnée. Le système des navettes est un peu cher, 35$ pour partir à 6h00. Arrivée vers 13h avec pas mal de pauses.

Florent Kalck
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Rando très fréquenté mais les paysages sont extraordinaires. Faite en 7h de temps avec des nombreuses pause photo et une pause déjeuné avec vue sur les volcans.

Kevin Patrick
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Incredible diversity of scenery

David Platt
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I had high expectations when I read this was one of the best day hikes in the world, and was not disappointed. To be honest the scenery is not the most stunning mountain pass, lava field, or meadow you'll ever see, but they're still top class and what makes this hike spectacular is the sheer variety of world class scenery you encounter in a relatively short 12 miles. You'll thank yourself for wearing solid hiking boots during the scree field descent in the middle. Also, if you can try to avoid the Saturday morning crowds.

Jan Houdek
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Amazing trail very challenging!! Important to have enough water food and good clothes! This trek is not for amateurs(which you can see them all the way)

Brandon Rino
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Very fun trail. We finished in just under 6 hours with lots of stops for food and pictures. We paid for the shuttle. Definitely recommend that.

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Esther Fredatovich
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Trail is mostly an easy-moderate. The only slightly more challenging part is the northern decent from red crater to the emerald lakes. You must wear proper hiking shoes for this section alone. Don’t be one of the idiots that wears sneakers, you risk destroying your ankles. Unfortunately it is a heavily trafficked walk but if your not to fused walking at a leisure pace in a group then just enjoy the sights. And look after your buddies and stay together! we came across a lady who had been abandoned by her party collapsed and had to be airlifted out. Not cool.

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Emily Mitchell
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No shadeRocky

Such an amazing hike. Highly recommended. Did it March 2020, shuttle was $35, took me about 7hours but that's with lots of rest and photo stops. Started at 7am so got to watch the sunrise. Lots and lots of people so if you don't like crowds you may find it frustrating at times, but depending on pace you can possibly get ahead of the crowd.

Kevin Chen
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A little bit crowd, while the volcano is healthful.

ÉRIC M.
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Did that hike on a perfect sunny and chilly day. Take a wonderful hike, tell everyone it’s one of the best around the world and then you are having a not anymore such a wonderful hike. ... too many people!!! Views are amazing all way up. On the descending side it is still beautiful but less unique. This trail lose one star because the descent from km10 to 16 is a long boardwalk in black plastic which is very annoying. You don’t really feel you are hiking but mostly walking in a big family park. And of course the thousands people on the trail are also too much. Still a great and easy walk!

Celina Trippel
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Great Trail, but we had a shitty day, so we didn’t had any views, I will probably do it again.

Aaron Slatton
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Sabrina Paseman
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Overhyped!! It’s moderately technical, but there are literal stairs in some parts and it is exceptionally over-trafficked. If you’ve never done a mountain pass before it’s interesting, but compared with mountain passes in other places, it’s nothing to write home about. We went the typical south to north. The views were exceedingly average until you got over the pass. If I were to do it over I’d go from north to south and stop once I got a satisfying view of the lake.

Cedou Ftml
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Laura Williams
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Amazing hike with amazing views! Some parts are tricky and difficult but this hike is worth every bit of it!

Marlies Van Den Nieuwendijk
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Awesome track with beautiful scenery.

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