to March
5h 5m
FKT (Standard)

About the Route


The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is part of the Tongariro Northern Circuit, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Unlike the full circuit, the Alpine Crossing is a point-to-point hike that’s made surprisingly convenient by the availability of affordable shuttles to the start and/or from the finish. More than anything else, this hike is known for its unbelievable views of surrounding volcanic landscapes. Between scorched red and black earth and gemstone-colored lagoons, you’ll feel like you’re on another planet, or perhaps in heaven.

“A veritable playground for avid hikers the Tongariro has made a name for itself as one of the quintessential Kiwi experiences.”

- Charli Moore

The highest point along the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – for most people – features a giant red crater and full panoramic views, the perfect reward to a challenging hike. But the next part of the trail isn’t easy just because it’s downhill. There’s a stretch of deep, steep scree that leaves just about everyone fearing for their lives. Fortunately, you’ll have views of brilliant turquoise and emerald pools to keep you going. As you get further down towards the water, they look more and more inviting, so much so that most people stop to picnic there before continuing on down to the car park. Hardcore adventurers can extend the journey with a detour to the top of Mt. Ngaharuru or Mt. Tongariro.

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