Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National 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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  • It was clear to us from the beginning, as we prepared for our New Zealand trip, that we would get involved in this day hike. Who wouldn't like to march through Mordor....?!?! It started early to the starting point of the track. The first hours we went up to the well-known spots. It was great not to say great. Unfortunately it was very crowded, very crowded and we were here at the beginning of November. I don't want to know what it's like here in January... After we had seen each other in the alpine area we went over the Long Descend back to the parking lot, almost 10km over tiringly long monotonous serpentines down to the parking lot. The highlights in the alpine area make up for a lot, so you should still have hiked it once.
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  • First off! This is a long and physically challenging day hike. If you aren’t in really good physical condition this isnt for you unless you just do part of it. If thats the case start on the back end ...  more »
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