Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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hannah
Christchurch, New Zealand207 contributions
Solo
I went there by myself on a quiet day. I probably only saw 20 hikers through the whole walk.
It was surreal and amazing experience to see craters and volcanic lakes in so close distance. You can’t tell this from any of video and photo.

To check up the weather, make sure to check the red crater temperature, wind chill temperature and freezing level on MetService.

2L water at least, a lot of sunscreen, lip stick, warm clothes/hat/gloves, food/snacks and waking pole are essential.

All temporary toilets are taken out before the Winter season, so plan your toilet stops wisely. Unfortunately, the day I walked was the day even without any notice on DOC or poster.

If you want to enjoy this hike, do uphill exercise more, you won’t feel too much challenges afterwards.

To pace yourself, the downhill from Blue Lake to the finishing was still quite a long way to go down.

In May, it could be quite frosty and slippery.
Written 14 May 2022
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jennypenny
25 contributions
Friends
What a fantastic tramp. The middle section is steep and arduous climb so a decent level of fitness and leg strength is required.
You need to be prepared as it is an alpine environment and the weather can change quickly. We had a stunning day but it was freezing and windy in parts.
A gorgeous place that should be respected and treated as the special place it is.
Decent hiking shoes are advised, along with toilet paper, water and all clothes for any kind of weather.
A 'must do' tramp. Hard but worth it!
Written 24 April 2022
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Karin S
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Fantastic hike, but you do need to be prepared for hot and cold conditions. The middle climb is quite tough, so you need to be fit. Take toilet paper as none is provided. We took a thermos, it was a real treat to have a hot drink in the cold. A big day overall , so glad to have done it.
Written 24 April 2022
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C Smyth
Auckland Central, New Zealand23 contributions
Friends
Quite a tough hike at times due the mix of terrains and changing weather so come well prepared with food, water and layers. There are long drop toilets approx every hour along the trail. The views along the way are well worth the hike! We completed it in 6 hours with 2 stops for snacks. Very cool to walk right along side Mount Doom! Highly recommend.
Written 19 April 2022
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carlatonks79
Bristol, UK4 contributions
Great day and weather - tough day for kids and make sure you go prepared for all weathers and eventualities as you are remote. Good challenge for kids that enjoy long walks. Stunning scenery.
Written 20 March 2022
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Amanda Duggan
Cambridge, New Zealand19 contributions
Friends
Highly recommend this day hike!Like nothing else in NZ!Stunning scenery around every bend
You do need to be reasonably fit as the first half of the track is tough in places
Took us 8 hours and we took 2 decent breaks along the way
Glad we took plasters and plenty of water
Great idea to use the shuttle and leave your car in the shuttle car park at the end of the track
Written 5 March 2022
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Anonymous
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I thoroughly enjoyed my walk on the Tongariro Crossing. It was a great challenge and an awesome way to get exercise whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery. Would strongly recommend.
Written 3 March 2022
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand448 contributions
Our second time lucky. We got to finish this time as the weather was much better. Very hot, needed lots of water and sunblock and still got a bit burnt. Some hard work with the stairs and the climb to red crater, but you are rewarded with the most incredible views and the red crater was incredible. We took lots of snacks and found plenty of places to stop and have a bite to eat. I had read reviews on the last part going on forever, and yes it did seem like it was never going to end. Finally get into the bush, and it was much cooler but still a way to go to the end. We got a shuttle to drop at start and collect us at the end, and that worked well for us. An incredible hike that really does test you, but rewards with the most incredible views. Well worth it.
Written 10 February 2022
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Shanuka
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Couples
A must do, if you happen to spend some time in NZ North Island. Its definitely challenging, but possible. Upto Soda Spring its a normal walk. Then comes the hard part. After the Devils Staircase there is a 10 km walk which is boring. Also, it would be a good idea to put a toilet after the deep decent at the Devils Staircase, becs the last toilt was almost 2-3km away and the next is also afer 2-3 more kms.
Written 8 January 2022
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Ariane B
Tauranga, New Zealand253 contributions
Couples
My partner and I did this beautiful walk in December 2021. Due to Covid and no tourists, we basically had the walk to ourselves. Perfect for us, unfortunately sad for the operators. The walk has a moderate difficulty and provides stunning views in a very surreal environment! We managed to do the full walk in 6 1/2 hours, without rushing anything and taking a lot of breaks for food&drinks and to take pictures. We can definitely recommend doing the Crossing, you won't regret it!
Written 25 December 2021
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