Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
5
About
Always check the website for changes that might affect your trip.
Duration: More than 3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

Top ways to experience Tongariro Alpine Crossing and nearby attractions

See what travellers are saying
  • Keron C
    Tauranga, New Zealand1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket list for all New Zealanders
    Great walk! I highly recommend this walk for all New Zealanders to do. Bucket list stuff for sure!!Can’t believe it’s free to do and that the track is still in great shape…. Plenty of overseas tourists enjoying it which is great to see.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 March 2023
  • Remmy5
    Sheffield, United Kingdom133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views
    Were slightly apprehensive about the walk, but it exceeded all expectations. Path was well defined. There was one very steep section, but the rest was very manageable for a couple in their 50's/60's who do a lot of walking. The weather was great at the start and finish, but very foggy in the middle section which meant we couldn't see the lakes. Views on the second half of the walk were amazing. We started the walk at 8am and it was busy at the start, but everyone was soon quite spread out and it didn't feel too busy at all. It was reassuring on the steep foggy section to know there were other people around. Make sure you read the details of what you need to carry with you. It was a fairly cool day and we still drank more than a litre of water each, so make sure your carry at least 2 litres per person. You will also need hat and gloves even on a late summer day.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2023
  • Juja80301
    121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Challenging one-day hike well worth the effort
    I ended up doing the hike solo when my husband and hiking partner fell ill during our trip. I'm a 50-something woman in decent but not awesome shape, and I hike only a few times per year. I did train for several months ahead of this hike, and you do want to be in reasonably fit condition to do it. The trip to the summit has some rocky sections and some steps. Coming down, there's a tricky scree field; poles recommended. The long descent was perhaps the hardest part for me and my tired legs. But the views and challenge of it all made the effort well worth it.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Sophie
    75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Difficult but worth it
    A long and arduous hike, but well worth it for. the insane views and almost lunar landscape! They have a number of toilets along the trail. and it is well maintained. Bear in mind that it can get very busy and it is best to get there as early as possible!!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 June 2023
  • LC
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do it! Breathtaking experience!
    A breath taking hike - for both the views the effort! This is not to be underrated as a stroll in the park. It’s a massive effort to literally climb a mountain range. Lots of people unprepared in board shorts and flip flops, when the weather can change in a heartbeat. Don’t be one of those people. If you’re considering it, do it, or you’ll go home with regrets!
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Ebony P
    Taupo, New Zealand7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking Journey
    I did this walk with 7 other friends, we all started as a group of 8. It took us 7.5hrs and 9hrs, as we ended up in two separate groups. We assessed the weather at the beginning and then again at each 'milestone'. There are signs that tell you to turn back if the weather is not looking favourable. One of our group members turned around near the top of the devil's staircase, as she wasn't comfortable carrying on in low visibility and light rain. We made sure she carried on with a group and not alone. We continued to assess risks as we carried on walking. We had light to moderate rain, light to moderate winds and cold temperatures in parts, but we felt they were still within safety parameters (self-assessments). The weather didn't stay in one place, it constantly moved and changed. We also saw a guide and his group, which reassured that our assessments were okay. The gear we each had; sandwiches, fruit, bars, lollies, 2L+ water, hiking boots/shoes, layered clothing, waterproof jackets, spare socks, gloves, hat, toilet paper, sunblock, lip balm, sanitiser. Toilets are roughly every 1.5hrs and they are 'long drop' style. Definitely do your research and be well prepared! Water, food and the right gear because mountain weather changes quickly. What would I do differently? Have waterproof everything - shoes, pants, jacket, bag cover. Have some insoles for my shoes, as the last few hours I started to feel the ground a bit. Keep to time and a consistent pace. Pack food that is easy to eat and digest (almonds didn't work for me). Other thoughts: I packed 3.5L water, which would have been fine in warm weather, but I used less than 2L.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 November 2023
  • dave stringfelllow
    Leyland, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get it done
    Well I'm a young 63 Yr old man I did have a few thoughts about what if but hey I just went for it. Did it with my 28yr old daughter and her husband what a fantastic walk this is not easy in places but as others say its well sign posted that you can turn back now if finding it hard. I can honestly say I had to stop and admire the views quite a few times if you know what I mean. Started of lovely sunny weather then went cloudy and cold at the top for a while so take heed wear the right clothes take plenty of snacks and water and enjoy it. It took us about 9 hrs and I loved every bit of it .
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 November 2023
  • McMurry
    San Antonio, Texas44 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Weather didn't cooperate the day of our hike.
    Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate the day of our hike. We were with a guide, Demi with Adrift, and were warned we might not make the entire trek. She kept the group moving. Although we made it up the Devil's Staircase and to the South Crater, we had to turn back. The rain and wind were relentless. Even in ideal weather conditions, we would have found this a challenging hike. As a bucket list trek, we hope to revisit the opportunity to crossover. Next time, we'll hope for clear skies be prepared for a faster pace than we expected. We'll also plan to book with Adrift again.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 December 2023
  • Stephen N
    Hong Kong, China338 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best day hiking trial in the world
    Tongariro Alpine Crossing was actually one of the best day hiking which I did, it's an around 20 kms trek, the view was really stunning and amazing. No matter 8 kms uphill or 12 kms downhill, we found gorgeous view all the way. Strongly recommended hiking trail.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 December 2023
  • BazNorman
    London, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the wait!!
    We tried this a couple times prior but due to weather was not able to get it done. 3rd time lucky and we did it, and I tell you it was worth it!! Great hike, amazing views and all in all a fantastic experience. Highly recommended.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 December 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles2,213 reviews
Excellent
1,876
Very good
256
Average
54
Poor
15
Terrible
12

Amit S
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is my second day after the visit and still reminiscing and cherishing the every minute of the near blissful experience of the Tongariro hike. I would recommend every person in NZ who is able - should take this walk.

We are novice as far as hiking is concerned and would rate personal fitness as 6/10. We went relatively well prepared after reading the reviews - like taking 2 litres of water, enough vegetarian food :), hiking poles/sticks, and proper clothing- prepared for rain and hot weather.
There are Toilets after every few kilometres. The directions are well-marked and clear. And there are signs to give you a heads up should you need to discontinue the walk as the walk could seem never- ending at times !!

We took the shuttle early at 6am where you are greeted with the friendly Bus operator who briefs you about the weather and the cultural significance of the area. The indicative times given to finish the walk is 8-9hours but it took us 11 hours and still we thought we were fast!! :) .....but were we there to compete or enjoy?

Now coming to the actual walk - this is a walk over so many different terrains and stunning views that you are completely immersed with the nature so much so that you are totally oblivious to the world. It felt as though you are on a different planet. First you see some hot fumes coming out of the mountains, soon enough you see Red Craters, then majestic blue lakes possibly due to sulphur, and amazing landscapes overlooking mountains, and then deep abyss with absolutely no human creations as far as you see.

All in all- amazing, stunning, a must-do, fantabulous walk - however, you need to be well prepared physically and mentally before undertaking this serenity.
Written 23 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lucy
Chichester, UK71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A good hike, but don’t underestimate it! We thought we went more than prepared but still ended up with heat stroke and intense sunburn. Take it at your own pace and don’t be rushed by others - there’s a reason this place has the most emergency calls on the North Island!
Written 16 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Trail10526554900
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Total hike 19.5kmsplus 1 more km from exit to Carpark. Don't underestimate this hike. It can totally destroy your ego. Be fully equipped with water, food, shoes etc. The legs would be decimated. I drove from Auckland to Carpark, did the hike and drove back. Suggestion-better to stay in taupo and before and after. My soul left my body after this. I totally underestimated this hike. It laughed at me later. What a beauty.
Written 5 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Hailey K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This hike may have been one of the most challenging treks I’ve ever done but I am also from New York where there are no volcanos. It was quite difficult at times during the steep incline/decline but was so beyond worth it. The views were surreal and it didn’t even feel like Earth. Also, when you do complete the hike which was about 12.5 miles and took us around 6 hours the feeling afterwords was so rewarding. You will feel so accomplished. The hike did have many checkpoints throughout that had bathrooms and rocks or ground to sit on which was nice. Overall this was definelty the coolest and biggest hike I’ve ever done and highly recommend checking it off the bucket list!!
Written 18 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jane S
Dubai, United Arab Emirates9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Great half day hiking if you’re fast - or add on a few hours to pace it slower;

The views are phenomenal and show off New Zealand in all its beauty!
Written 8 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lachlan M
Queenstown, New Zealand51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
One of the best hikes in New Zealand. Utilised a shuttle service between the finish and the start. Superb DOC track too. As an experienced hiker, this was a breathtaking route!
Written 28 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BazNorman
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We tried this a couple times prior but due to weather was not able to get it done. 3rd time lucky and we did it, and I tell you it was worth it!! Great hike, amazing views and all in all a fantastic experience. Highly recommended.
Written 26 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Stephen N
Hong Kong, China338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Tongariro Alpine Crossing was actually one of the best day hiking which I did, it's an around 20 kms trek, the view was really stunning and amazing. No matter 8 kms uphill or 12 kms downhill, we found gorgeous view all the way. Strongly recommended hiking trail.
Written 20 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

McMurry
San Antonio, TX44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate the day of our hike. We were with a guide, Demi with Adrift, and were warned we might not make the entire trek. She kept the group moving. Although we made it up the Devil's Staircase and to the South Crater, we had to turn back. The rain and wind were relentless. Even in ideal weather conditions, we would have found this a challenging hike. As a bucket list trek, we hope to revisit the opportunity to crossover. Next time, we'll hope for clear skies be prepared for a faster pace than we expected. We'll also plan to book with Adrift again.
Written 14 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GortyG
Urk, The Netherlands9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
After myself, my wife, and our adopted little Hobbit - Mike - from the Auckland International Airport men's bathroom got done with Hobbiton and the Weta Workshop tour, we decided it would be good for his cultural education to see where Frodo threw the Ring into the fires of Mount Doom. It was very easily accessible and a nicely distanced hike - the fact that the volcano is now having a little nap after what happened when the Ring was destroyed is a big plus, as I wouldn't have wanted our Hobbit to have burned his feet on the way up. We found him wearing shoes but we've since confiscated them - this was a good thing because at first his feet weren't very tough and he complained a lot, but now its much better. He works better when we motivate him with sweets and minature cars for some reason. His nose has also become a bit beaky, which we attribute to the cold and because we've been training him for the altitude of the chimneys back home. Tongariro is beuatiful, much prefer the new name as "Mount Doom" was forboding and a bit of a mouthful. Lovely weather in the summer too! Would recommend for anyone who likes a good hike, but our Hobbit was complaining a lot at the end. A creche or parking area for Hobbits would be appreciated at the bottom of the mountain - we can provide a leash if needed.
Written 19 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 1,739
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Tongariro Alpine Crossing (Tongariro National Park) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Tongariro Alpine Crossing

According to Tripadvisor travellers, these are the best ways to experience Tongariro Alpine Crossing: