A genuine wonder of the natural world, and the crown jewel of Ruapehu, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a challenging journey across a remarkable volcanic landscape but is most definitely worth the effort.
** Please remember this is a hike in an alpine environment in which we recommend you use a guide. The weather is changeable, ice and snow are present throughout the year **
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a popular destination for hikers throughout the year due to its incredible mountain beauty and turquoise lakes. The 19.4km hike starts from the Mangatepopo Carpark (off State Highway 47, south of Lake Taupō) and is just 20 minutes from National Park Village, a 35-minute drive from Whakapapa or Raetihi, approximately an hour’s drive from Ohakune, Turangi, or Taumarunui and a 90-minute drive from Lake Taupō township.