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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  • Incredible views on this great hike! We set off early and managed to complete in approx 5 and a half hours which included some snack stops. The hike is challenging, with some very steep sections. The....  more »
  • What an experience. We were picked up early and made our way through the alpine crossing in approx 5 hours. The climb can be very tough so all recommended equipment is essential. Bring loads of water....  more »

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