Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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  • 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
    17 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 Zealand4 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 Kingdom88 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, Texas55 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, China356 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
  • Hailey K
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tongariro Crossing
    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!!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 January 2024
  • Trail10526554900
    Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    No laughing matter
    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.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 February 2024
  • Davies F
    Cambridge, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mega views for an easy walk
    We did this 1st March 2024 in on Bluebird day! Absolutely mega. Arriving 6:45 at the shuttle carpark and then setting off at 7am in the shuttle so we started our walk crica 7:45 once they dropped us off. The walk itself has lots of warning signs, as well as our shuttle company warning you of all the dangers. To be honest, it was easier to walk than Scafell Pike in the UK, but I guess they've got to be overly communicative of the risk to a tourist based audience, but the ground was firm at all times bar coming down to the blue pools. It took us 6:45, taking our time and spotting for lots of mega pics - We're regular-isk hikers, so reasonably fit. The last 25% of the walk is descending to the road and then carpark through the bush up the mountain and then the forest down below. This felt like it took ages, but still beautiful in its own way, but the first 1/2 of the walk pays back quickly with views, ticking off all the main POI. Would do it again, thankfully we had brilliant weather, so could see for absolute miles.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 March 2024
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lsam128
London, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Perfect weather conditions on the day, had been tracking the weather for 2 weeks leading up to the day since I was going solo. Second time walking the crossing , this time round it was a day trip from Hamilton… thus I hit the road around 5am. Arrived at National Park village in time for 8.30am shuttle pick up. Started the walk around 9am, the weather was perfect ..the scenery and views were breathtaking and spectacular! More geothermal activity observed near the lakes area compared to my first walk in 2018..all good , loved the volcanic scenery! The trail was busy, so it felt safe as solo walker … fellow walkers were friendly and there was loads of smiles and encouragement from bypassing walkers during my rest stops. It remained sunny throughout the day, unfortunately I didn’t apply enough sunscreen on my left shoulder so ended with nasty sunburn on my left arm… lesson learnt for next time when I tackle the Crossing! Missed the 4.15pm shuttle pick up at the end of trail, so had to wait an extra 40 minutes for next shuttle. By the time I was dropped off at National Park Village it was close to 6pm.. there was free EV charging which I utilised during the time it took me to walk the Crossing. The car battery was charged to 100%, drove back to Hamilton… home by 9pm. In hindsight, I probably would start the walk earlier, brought more water (at least 2L) for hot summer days and stay the night vs a long day trip. I would definitely do the Crossing again as a solo or group walker :)
Written 16 April 2024
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Shona K
Wellington, New Zealand94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
NZ great one day hikes a must do very tough in certain areas I would recommend you wear boots and walking poles come in handy to be prepared for anything goes with the weather it could be 30 degrees below but windy and rainy up top sadly there was a death on the mountain and we had to make our way back down the way we came my deepest condolences to the family
Written 9 April 2024
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grazia-speranza
Brusaporto, Italy49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It is a long hike (7 hours on average) that starts and ends as a walk. In between a more alpine hike that never becomes dangerous or really difficult. The beauty of the red crater and of the emerald and blue lakes cannot be described in words. Unforgettable. The landscape along the crossing changes a lot and you experience a desert as well as a rain forest. The crossing is very well indicated. A guide is not needed. Highly recommended
Written 8 April 2024
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Sparcs07
Epsom, UK1 184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The famous Tongariro Crossing 19.4km in length .

Park your car at the end of the trail,take the shuttle to the start and start thefamous trek .

The early stages are scenic and flat rising slowly..

Then the first climb is tiring but places you at the Volcano used as Mount Doom ( Lord of the Rings) and the famous gate into Mordor .

Not long after,is your second and last climb upto the Red Crater.. from here you have a steep descent to the sulphur Pools ..

Great places to take pictures..

The last third of the walk is zigzagging down the pass .

Toilets are placed every 1-2hrs ..

Weather , it can be cold at the top and then very hot . A lot of folk get sun burnt, so protect yourself ..

Great walk and I met loads of friendly folk who talked to me from all age groups..

Just take your time and enjoy it.
Written 8 April 2024
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Davies F
Cambridge, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We did this 1st March 2024 in on Bluebird day! Absolutely mega.

Arriving 6:45 at the shuttle carpark and then setting off at 7am in the shuttle so we started our walk crica 7:45 once they dropped us off.

The walk itself has lots of warning signs, as well as our shuttle company warning you of all the dangers. To be honest, it was easier to walk than Scafell Pike in the UK, but I guess they've got to be overly communicative of the risk to a tourist based audience, but the ground was firm at all times bar coming down to the blue pools. It took us 6:45, taking our time and spotting for lots of mega pics - We're regular-isk hikers, so reasonably fit.

The last 25% of the walk is descending to the road and then carpark through the bush up the mountain and then the forest down below. This felt like it took ages, but still beautiful in its own way, but the first 1/2 of the walk pays back quickly with views, ticking off all the main POI.

Would do it again, thankfully we had brilliant weather, so could see for absolute miles.
Written 11 March 2024
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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
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Lucy
Chichester, UK98 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
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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
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Hailey K
11 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
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Jane S
Dubai, United Arab Emirates17 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
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