1 day walk (7-8 hours) 19.4km.
Known widely as 'The Best One Day Walk' in New Zealand, The Tongariro Crossing really is a very special walk. From lava strewn valleys and very active volcanic vents to boiling springs and crystal lakes. Lunar like landscapes mixed with thick podocarp forest give this walk some amazing and diverse beauty. The steep climb from the Mangaetepopo saddle alongside Mt Ngauruhoe is rewarded by views of Tongariro and on a clear day, Mt Taranaki to the west.
Although only a one day walk, The Crossing does have a very cruel side to its spectacular and harsh scenery and therefore like any alpine tramp you must be prepared for this walk's deceptively quick and severe weather changes. November through May is the normal season for the walk.
The Tongariro Crossing is truly a must do for vistors to New Zealand and kiwis alike.
Mountain Heights Lodge can arrange transport to and from The Crossing and if required, an experienced guide can also be arrange.