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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is described as one of the best one-day hikes in New Zealand. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing trek takes you from alpine meadows to mountain summit with stunning volcanic features along the way.

On the Tongariro Alpine Crossing you will walk across a lunar landscape of craters, scattered pumice, active volcanoes, mountain springs, lava flows, emerald lakes, piles of scoria and statue-like mounds of volcanic desert.

It will take most hikers between 6-9 hours to allow time for photos and stops.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Track Transport leaves daily, weather permitting, pick up is at our gate and you can park your car safely in our monitored car park for the day.

To ensure availability of shuttles for your preferred start time bookings are recommended. Although, most days you can book a shuttle through us on the day of your hike.

Be prepared with the right gear:

  • Plenty of water/fluids, especially on hot days
  • Food (there is nowhere to purchase any thing on the track)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Good walking boots (it is uneven volcanic rocky terrain)
  • Warm clothing and thermals
  • Woollen hat and gloves
  • Sunscreen and sun hat

All of the above essential equipment can be hired or purchased from The Alpine Centre.

Book Your Shuttle

Please ensure you also book your hike via the DOC website (no cost). We will send a link in your confirmation email. This is a new Govt. criteria for the Tongariro National Park.

For more information on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing check the Tongariro Crossing website.

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In winter the Tongariro Alpine Crossing Track Transport will arranged a guide, crampons and an ice axe, if you want to experience a true alpine adventure.

For winter crossings we will also have Crampons and ice axes for hire when required.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing - The Alpine Centre