Central Crater, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is regarded as the best one-day hike in New Zealand and is considered to be in the top 10 one day hikes in the world! It can be hiked in either winter or summer. The freedom hiking season runs from October till May.  The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a 6-7 hour hike with the opportunity of two side trips. Mt Ngauruhoe or Mt Tongariro. Both side trips you need to add another 3 hours to the duration.

During winter months, June to October, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing requires a guide. The snow level covers the track and markers. We highly recommend you checking in with us to check weather conditions no matter what the season is as the weather can change quickly and dramatically. Metservice.

Moderate fitness is required. The track is well marked with toilet stops along the way. There is no water available on the track or any rubbish bins. It’s pack in pack out style of day. It’s important to organise transport prior to arrival as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a one way track.

Before leaving it is wise to check the Department of Conservation website regarding volcanic hazards.

Download a Tongariro Alpine Crossing Brochure.

$45 per person


Important Notes

Due to the sometimes volatile volcanic landscapes, it is important to check with DoC for up to date mountain status and information.

Are You Prepared? You Will Need

Alternative hikes inside the Dual Heritage Tongariro National Park suiting all levels. Walks in and around Tongariro National. Click to download Tongariro National Park Walks.