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Reviewed 9 April 2024 via mobile

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

Date of experience: April 2024
Thank grazia-speranza
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Reviewed 8 April 2024 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: April 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024

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.

Date of experience: February 2024
Thank Davies F
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Reviewed 24 February 2024

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.

Date of experience: February 2024
2  Thank Amit S
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Reviewed 16 February 2024 via mobile

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!

Date of experience: February 2024
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