Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, just a short drive from Turangi, is one of NZs great walks.

 (Image courtesy of Department of Conservation).

If you want to keep yourself busy during your stay in Turangi, there is a 18.5km trail in Tongariro Alpine Crossing, roughly seven to nine-hour tramp across the rugged, barren, yet beautiful Tongariro National Park terrain that makes it a valued World Heritage area.

The crossing climbs to 1900 metres and takes in the beds of ancient lava flows, steam vents at Ketetahi Springs, an active volcanic crater, and stunning emerald alpine lakes.

Views of active volcanoes Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe are ever-present, but trampers need to be cautious. While rightly touted as the ‘best one day walk in the world’, the crossing is subject to the vagaries of alpine weather, which can change from perfect warm sunshine to freezing temperatures in no time.

Useful websites:

Department of Conservation: Ruapehu area tracks and walks, Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro Expeditions – transport for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.