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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is rated as one of the best days walks in New Zealand if not the world. It is a must do if you are in the North Island of New Zealand. The 19.4 Km hike passes over the volcanic terrain of an active volcano (Mount Tongariro).
It was less than 24 hours between deciding to do the hike and standing at the start line. We had the necessary shoes, supplies and camera equipment. As the clock struck 9 am we set off along the track. This is considered a “late departure”, with most leaving around 6 am. This is to lower the risk of having to return to the start due to inclement weather.
Tongariro Crossing Guided Tour Video
Tongariro Crossing Map
We were recommended the following items after a review of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing Website:
- Food and plenty of fluid, especially in the summer months. If you are planning on completing any of the summit tracks, ensure you have additional water supplies.
- Waterproof and wind-proof raincoat and trousers
- Strong, sturdy boots (you will be trekking over uneven volcanic terrain)
- Warm clothing layers: woollen or polypropylene thermals and fleece
- Hat and gloves
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- First Aid Kit
What to eat on the Tongariro Crossing
Food options are fairly scarce in this part of the world. Your best bet is to buy your food from the local supermarket in National Park and then cook at your accommodation. There are a few pubs and restaurants in the area if you are too tired from walking too. Just check your google maps 🙂
Where to stay in National Park
We stayed at Pipers Lodge in National park at around $70 per night for 2 of us. Simple clean hostel-like accommodation with super friendly staff.
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Tongariro Crossing Photos:
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