Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Winter

New Zealand's most famous day walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, is beautiful in winter. Explore this majestic corner of the world under a blanket of snow.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter

If you are an experienced alpine hiker, you can complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter.

For your safety you should be accompanied by an experienced guide who can safely assess the weather and the best route to be taken to avoid risks of avalanche and ice danger. They can also provide you with the equipment you will need to complete the hike safely.

Weather on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track can be extreme in winter. You may encounter snow, ice, and strong winds.

Adrift Tongariro Guiding and Tongariro Guided Walks provide excellent guiding services in winter.

What to bring

As well as plenty of warm and water-proof clothing layers, food and water, you should also bring:

  • Ice axe and crampons 
  • Snow gaiters
  • A compass and map 
  • Avalanche probe/snow shovel
  • Avalanche transceiver

Before you attempt the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter contact the Taupo iSITE or Turangi iSITE for the most up-to-date weather information, track conditions and avalanche forecasts.


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