Tongariro Alpine Crossing FAQ's

We've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about the Tongariro Alpine Crossing by visitors to the Taupo i-SITE.

1. How do we get to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing?

The start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is at the end of Mangetepopo Road, ending at the Ketetahi car park.

2. What is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing weather like?

Please check the Tongariro Alpine Crossing MetService weather forecast for updated weather information. As the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is very weather dependent, it is recommended to ONLY cross if the weather is good (not in high winds, cloud, rain or snow).

It is also recommended to take a guide during winter months as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing can be dangerous.

3. Is there a one way shuttle to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing?

The shuttles depart from the end of the crossing at Ketetahi car park in the morning, and drop you to the starting point, therefore you can then walk to your car. Call the Taupo i-SITE for times and costs.

4. I don’t have a car. How can I get to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing? 

There are plenty of shuttle operators who can take you to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and back again. You can get picked up from Taupo, Turangi, National Park Village or Whakapapa Village.

5. Does it cost to walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing or the Northern Circuit?

It is free to walk any of the tracks in the Tongariro National Park. However, if you wish to stay over night in the National Park in Tongariro Crossing accommodation, you will need to book DOC huts or campsites online at

6. Can I do only part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing?

YES, however you will have to walk up and then back, there are no other roads or loop walks.  Please check DOC's track information (for times, a Tongariro Alpine Crossing map and distances). 

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