New Zealand, Tongariro

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered one of New Zealand's most iconic hikes, taking you on a journey through the stunning volcanic landscape of the Tongariro National Park.

The trail is a challenging 12-mile trek that takes around 6-8 hours to complete, passing by craters, volcanic lakes, and hot springs. The trail is well-maintained and offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, including Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe (also known as Mount Doom from the Lord of the Rings movies).

Important tip. The trail is one-way, so we recommend parking your car at the end of the trail (Ketetahi Rd), then taking a shuttle to the beginning of the trail, and hike back to the end of the trail where you car is parked. This way you don't have to worry about the logistics at the end of your day.

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a unique and rewarding experience, but it is important to note that the trail can be challenging, with steep inclines and rocky terrain. You should also be prepared for the unpredictable alpine weather, which can change rapidly and bring strong winds, rain, and even snow at any time of the year.

We also recommend checking the official park page (in the links section) on the day of the hike to see if the trail is open. The weather changes fast, and it might close at the last moment.

Despite the challenges, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a must-do for any avid hiker or nature enthusiast visiting New Zealand.