Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park

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Get ready for an outdoor adventure among some of New Zealand's best volcanic scenery at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Linking Mangatepopo and Ketetahi hot springs, this hiking trail leads you past three active volcanoes, colorful mineral-filled lakes, steaming fumaroles, and boiling springs. With a length of 19.4 km (12.1 mi) and frequent rugged terrain, the trek requires a reasonable level of fitness, adequate equipment, and, importantly, sufficient amounts of drinking water. During the summer numerous shuttles operate between the two trailheads and connect them to the nearby towns. In the winter, however, very few shuttles run; avoid long waits or having to walk back to your car by taking one of the guided tours that includes a bus transfer. A visit to Tongariro Alpine Crossing represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary website to plot your vacation.
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  • Being able to accomplish the trek with my children. Never underestimate the weather. Be prepared for the worst so then there are no surprises. The hike will test your physical fitness, more...  more »
  • Absolutely worth it in clear weather, not worth the risk or effort if overcast or cloudy, better to do the Kaimanawas or something more sheltered and at lower elevation. The general attitude towards....  more »

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