Fancy a challenge? The Tongariro Crossing is an unforgettable experience in one of New Zealand’s most picturesque & inspiring natural environments??
The Tongariro Crossing has New Zealand’s most picturesque natural scenery. This is one of the best (my toughest so far) one day hikes on an international scale.
If you are in New Zealand and like being outdoors and like hiking then you need to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Whether you are here travelling New Zealand or if you live in this beautiful country then you need to experience this. The Tongariro Crossing has lava flows, an active crater, steam vents, emerald-coloured lakes and magnificent views which will make your journey an experience you will never forget.
The track starts at Mangatepopo and ends at Keteahis. It is 19.4km and will take you around 6-8 hours. The tracks begins at Mangatepopo Valley near Whakapapa and climbs alongside a stream and around the edges of old lava flows to the the steep Mangatepopo Saddle between Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro. Here you get to see stunning panoramic views, which on a clear day reach as far as Mount Taranaki.
There is a part of this track that felt like it was my ‘mount everest’. It was so steep and the winds were so strong. I thought I was going to get blown off!There is a metal rope that I was clinging on to for dear life. The weather can be unpredictable. Make sure you bring lots of layers of clothing. Bring gloves and a waterproof jacket.
I definitely recommend going in summer time between November and April because in winter the route will be covered in snow and you may need specialist equipment. I was so lucky with the weather. I met a guy on route that attempted the hike the day before but it was such bad weather that he did it again to have the photos with the sunshine in them.
The volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu are breath taking and so unique.
If you are feeling energetic you can do a further three hour return trip to climb Mount Ngauruho (aka Mt Doom).
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track continues across South Crater to a ridge leading up Red Crater which is the highest point on the Crossing. The crater is still active and you can tell from the strong smell of sulphur. From here a two-hour detour can be made to the summit of Mount Tongariro.
The track then descends to the Emerald Lakes. The colour of this lake is amazing and looks like something from a magazine. The beautiful colour is caused by the minerals from the surrounding thermal area filling the three water filled craters.
The crossing continues over Central Crater to Blue Lake – an old volcanic vent. You will then continue through tussock slopes to the cool green forest bush line which is a refreshing way to and your journey.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a challenge but so worth it. I would definitely do again.
The amazing volcanic landscape and scenery is unforgettable and is something you need to experience!
Don’t forget to bring lots of water and to book your shuttle to collect you at the finish line. Enjoy xx