With daylight hours short and temperatures often below freezing, walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter requires advanced hiking skills and solid preparation. Snow and ice, avalanche and subzero temperatures are all hazard risks, but if you are well prepared with proper winter clothing, equipment and skills, it can be a fantastic experience. Banked snow can hide track markers and at times surface conditions can become hardened sheet ice, making crampons a necessity.
High quality alpine equipment and experienced skills are required in winter. We strongly recommend a guided trip with one of the local operators located in the Tongariro National Park.
For specific information to consider when embarking on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter, go to the safety page here, check with a guide or go to the official Department of Conservation website here.