Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is rated as the best one-day hike in New Zealand. Trek across a volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts – steaming vents, glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, alpine vegetation and vivid crater lakes, all with stunning views.

This 19.4 km tramp is simply breath-taking and covers some of the most dramatic landscapes you’ll see in New Zealand and the rest of the world. Tongariro National Park is a UNESCO dual World Heritage Area and was the first in the world to receive cultural World Heritage Status.

Emerald Lakes, Tongariro Alpine Crossing


The track climbs the Mangatepopo valley to the saddle between Tongariro and Ngauruhoe, through South Crater before climbing again to Red Crater, the highest point on the crossing at 1,886 m.
You will then descend on a volcanic rock scree track to the vivid Emerald Lakes. After passing Blue Lake, the track sidles around the northern slope of Tongariro, then descends in a zigzag track past Ketetahi Shelter and down to the road end.
The Great Lake Taupo region has expert operators who provide transport, walking guides and weather information. They know this terrain better than anyone and their advice should be followed.

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