Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The iconic Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the best one-day treks in New Zealand and the world.
At 19.4 km, the Crossing passes over the volcanic terrain of the still active Mt Tongariro, passing the eastern base of Mt Ngauruhoe (aka Mt Doom of The Lord of the Rings fame) before descending to the Emerald and Blue Lakes. Along the way, you'll experience a unique volcanic and alpine environment, and enjoy spectacular views over the Central Plateau, Mt Ruapehu and the Tongariro National Park - New Zealand’s oldest national park.
Since we're located in the heart of National Park - the nearest village to the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro Crossing Lodge is the ideal base for this world-famous walk.
Let us help you make the most of this unforgettable experience. We can offer expert advice on the hike, arrange your transport, get you ready for the day with a nutritious breakfast and send you on your way with an energy-packed lunch, created especially for demands on this legendary walk.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing Transport
With the start and end of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing several kilometres apart and limited car parking at the start, we recommend using a shuttle service to transport you to and from the track. We can arrange a shuttle service for you to pick you up from our lodge and return you at the end of the day, with one of the trusted local operators. Regular departure times are available starting from 6am, so you can make arrangements when you arrive, or email us to book in advance. The cost for the 2020-21 season is not yet available.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter
Walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter is an incredible, and very different, experience. But with ice and snow covering most of the track, it requires specialist skills and equipment. We can help you book a guided walk with one of the local guiding companies who will ensure you enjoy this unique experience safely.
Experience the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in true alpine splendour
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter is truly an otherworldly experience. With most of the landscape covered in snow and ice, and with none of the summer crowds, you can soak in the full magnificence of this Dual World Heritage Area in unique tranquillity. But it's best done as part of a guided trip - unless you have winter alpine hiking experience and the right gear.
Read our very own Marina van Wyk's account of her winter Crossing experience here.