The incredible experience of hiking across an active volcanic range!
Is the physical effort a con? I think not. Maybe the numbers of walkers on busy weekends...
Beautiful wilderness area.
If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, then you will enjoy the drive from Lake Taupo to the heart of Tongariro National Park. Leaving from Turangi towards Whakapapa Village, take Highway 1 south to Highway 46 west!For those of you that are a little more adventurous, you can also take a hike through the middle of these plains on a short or long hike....more
During our trip to the North Island, Sarah and I decided to take a day and visit all of the backdrops for the movie Lord of the Rings. Starting in the morning out at Hobbiton, we crossed the Plains of Gororoth and into Mordor!Mordor is actually Tongariro National Park, and specifically the region near Whakapapa Village. We enjoyed our time here,...more
Since it was cloudy, the best picture I could get of Mount Doom, better known as Mt. Ngauruhoe to the locals, or anyone not addicted to Lord of the Rings.Sarah and I ventured past the normal picture making locations for Mount Ngauruhoe and onto the Whakapapa Village and headed into the Visitors Center, where they actually had a model of the entire...more
This one day mountain trek is very accessible to most able bodied people. A very popular walk, it's well worth the effort if the weather is somewhat "nice". I'm holding the flag tight because it was so windy I nearly lost it!Depending on your fitness, and the weather, oh and the density of trampers on the day, the walk can take anything from 6 - 10...more
Decidimos hacer un recorrido de un día sólamente y elegimos hacer una ruta que nos recomendaron en el Visitors Centre , saliendo desde allí que duraba unas tres o cuatro horas Fue un paseo muy agradable , pues no era muy duro aunque en algún momento tenía pendientes no muy fuertesCuando nos lo permitían las nubes , teníamos unas grandes vistas de...more
Day 3. Ketetahi Hut to Waihohonu Hut,6-7 hours, 16.5 km.I was glad that the weather was fantastic, so i got to see all the picturesque scenery that i missed on day 2, coz day 3, i hadanother chance to walk back to see the emerald lake and the blue lake that i missed on day 2, the routeon day 3 needed to retrack back . But still the view from Ketahi...more
The Tongariro Northern Circuit, one of the New Zealand Great Walks, is a three to four day tramp in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. Day1. Whakapapa Village to Mangetopo hut ,3-5 hours, 8.5 km. The track crosses tussock and dozens of small streams, which have eroded the track in places and make sloppy and muddy conditions when it rains....more
Cosy interior with lovely decoration and good tasty food, within the historic NP Railway Station.
A short drive from Discovery Lodge and Whakapapa.
Favorite Dish: Fish, pastas, salads, all tasty, done at the moment.
On the Tongariro Crossing there isn't really any nightlife per se but our little group of 6 had great fun sitting on the benches outside the hut in the 3 degree air "watching our TV" which was the landscape around us. The sunset was spectacular as you can see from the pics attached. We were making all sorts of weird and wonderful stories up about the landscape around us. The human mind / imagination is a wonderful thing when technology is completely removed!!
Dress Code: Dress warm outside!!!
Remember, the Tongariro Crossing is a one way hike (as opposed to a round trip, or going up then coming down a mountain). This means that it is a REALLY good idea to have some form of transport to drop you off at the start of the walk and perhaps more importantly pick you up at the other end.
There are lots of tour operators running buses from as far as Taupo, and many of the more local accommodation places do likewise.
The Discovery Lodge, where we stayed offers the earliest drop off time ~ 6am ~ and begins collecting its walkers from 2pm. Their last pick up is at 4pm but they make it very clear that for that bus they WILL NOT LEAVE until the last Discovery Lodge guest is accounted for, and that as a consequence you may need to be patient. They weren't wrong there ~ the last walker joined the bus at 5.30pm but I think everyone was too tired and pleased with their own efforts to mind.
If you are thinking about travelling down to see Mt. Doom in Tongariro National Park during the winter, or when it looks cloudy, I would definitely choose an alternate activity. The day we went, we were really unable to get a good view of the mountain, which was the main reason we chose to drive a couple hours south out of Rotorua. We made the best...more
The Tongariro Crossing is known as New Zealand's Great Walk because it is the most popular one day hike in the country. It is generally a very safe walk, however every year there are people who are unprepared who get into trouble on the mountain. Trampers are encouraged to go in a group and to carry the right equipment. You should take a map of the...more
I can't stress this point enough... it is really important to make sure you bring a first aid kit with you if you are attempting to do any hiking/tramping in Tongariro. We used our kit a couple of times... once for Tanya who unfortunately got a couple of nasty blisters on her feet and once for me for a nagging headache I had that wouldn't go away....more
This region gives the impression that you can escape and be alone. However it is very popular and you often find there are many other people with the same idea, hence "you are NOT alone"! During the summer months for example, the Tongariro Crossing has 1000 people walking it per day. That is phenomenal and for me it was a big surprise. This was a perfect weather day and also a Saturday making it busier than normal. Weekdays during peak summer, would be less busy.
Unique Suggestions: Get going early to beat the rush!
Fun Alternatives: The Tongariro Crossing is the walk most people like to do, however Tongariro National Park has many walks, so pick up a Doc pamphlet (NZD$2) from one of the Visitor Information Centres around the country, and see if another walk would interest you. Naturally the Crossing is popular because it is spectacular. However if you want to get away from people, midsummer, you won't here.
You will need a comfortable backpack for the tramp. Probably about 30 Litres maximum for any overnight trips and a daypack should be fine if you plan to do the one day hike. It might be good to consider getting the drinking bladder's installed in your backpack so that you don't have to stop and get your drink bottle out. In New Zealand the weather...more
A comfortable back pack is always essential. If you are going for the day only, a day pack in which to carry clothing, water and food is all you might need. If you are doing this walk as part of the whole round the mountain walk, obviously a larger/bigger volume pack will be more suitable. Make sure you have well worn and sturdy footwear/boots. Do...more
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The Tongariro Crossing runs between Mt. Ngauruhoe and Mt. Tongariro, There are threee mountains basically in a row, Mt. Ruapheu is the first, then Ngauruhoe finally Tongariro. Ruapheu is the mountain with all the facilities for skiing etc.The crossing can be done from either end , but it appears that leaving from Mangatepopo is the way prob. 90%...more
Challenging the Tongariro Crossing after a dump of snow is a great way to experience hiking in extreme conditions.I went with a guided group. We were supplied with crampons after we had negotiated the 'Devil's Staircase'. This was the most difficult time for the less fit of us. The guides led and 'made' a path around the side of the Mt. At some...more
The Tongariro Crossing is THE main activity that tourists will do in the region (besides in winter). The Crossing is a hike from Mangatepopo to Katetahi. The hike takes around 8 hours to complete and crosses over Mt Tongariro, past Mt Ngauruhoe and offers views of the lakes on the other side (Lake Taupo for example).
It is a really amazing hike and quite challenging however I think anyone can do it!
See the travelogue and the rest of this page for more pictures!
Equipment: Please check out the Department of Conservation website for advise on equipment for the crossing.
The weather can be changeable at certain times of the year so make sure you are prepared for anything. Take plenty of energy foods and water.
From the Ketetahi hut you still have approximately two hours to go before you reach the end of the Crossing and the pick up point. For a while you are on a track which zig zags down the mountainside through tall grasses, then the last part of the track takes you through an area of native bush. If you are lucky enough to be doing the Crossing on a...more
One thing I definitely hadn't expected to find on the Tongariro Crossing was public toilet facilities! But I guess with so many people now doing the crossing it is important the environment is properly protected. There are basic and environmentally friendly toilet facilities at two points along the walk. The first one is just before the first...more
A lot of the walk takes you across alpine areas filled with tiny alpine plants. With so much grandeur and dramatic landscape to see it would be easy to miss out on some of the tiny blossoms close to your feet. Take time to have a look at them. We were there during the early part of March (late summer) and we saw many tiny white blossoms, some...more