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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. 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.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing reviews
We did not have the best weather started out of the day, but as the it improved by the time we reached the emerald lakes and geyser, oh my! the view was just breathtaking. NZ is one of the few... more »
This very popular day walk is amazing. We were lucky to be able to do it on a wonderful autumn day. Brisk, blue sky and no big crowds due to covid stopping international tourists. We recommend... more »
Very good hike. Hiking stick recommended. First climbing part of steps little though. Upto tip or red crator tougher. Then enjoy till cross the blue lake. Down hill need stronger knee bone. Take extra care for knee jerk. The last bush jungle part seems never ending. Overall good experience. You feel great once reach to ketetahi car park on time.
DOC recomends the staring point for Tongariro Alpine Crossing, because it is easier than start from other side, it has toilets & parking (max 4 hrs) facility before or after the hike.
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