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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

A genuine wonder of the natural world, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the crown jewel of Ruapehu and a must do on anyone's bucket list. This is an alpine environment which we recommend you using a guide. The weather is changeable, ice and snow are present even into early summer.

Often described as New Zealand's greatest day hike, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a challenging journey across a remarkable volcanic landscape.

The 19.4km hike starts from the Mangatepopo Carpark off State Highway 47 south of Lake Taupo and is just 20 minutes from National Park Village, a 35 minute drive from Whakapapa or Raetihi, approximately an hour from Ohakune, Turangi or Taumarunui and a 90 minute drive from Lake Taupo township.

Between October and 30 April there is a four-hour time restriction for private vehicles at the Mangatepopo Road-end.

This gives visitors time to enjoy short walks but people wanting to do the entire hike, which takes an average of 7-8 hours, will need to use shuttle transport

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