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Off State Highway 48 | Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

First off! This is a long and physically challenging day hike. If you aren’t in really good physical condition this isnt for you unless you just do part of it. If thats the case start on the back end and gonup and back as far...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Probably one of the best walks ever done. Breathtaking views, scenery out of the ordinary. If you have the chance and you are fit, just do it!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jansenguido
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky with the weather and as it happened to be Sunday there were about 4000 people on the track. It was quite packed at first but after two-three hours it got less crowded as people had very different paces, breaks, etc. Physically quite...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank birkss
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are a couple just a little either side of 60 and hiked this crossing on Saturday 2nd Nov. We are averagely fit for our age and have some limited experience of hiking in Scotland (a few of the easier munros). We found this walk...More

Date of experience: November 2019
4  Thank ClanOodie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was lucky enough to live near the Tongariro Crossing for a few months and managed to do this hike twice, both times were in summer so I have not experienced it in winter however I do know if you want to do it in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank joee957
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’m averagely fit (if that..) and found this hike very hard. We did it in December 2018 and it was very hot- 30 degrees and there is no shade at all along the whole 8-hour track. They advise 1-2L of water but that was nowhere...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 159charlottem
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked our whole Tongariro experience through the Tongariro Adventure Lodge (accommodations, bus, guide, food etc) and I cannot recommend them highly enough! The room was very comfortable and they had pre-stocked the fridge with bagged lunches for our hike (big sandwich, granola bar, chocolate...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank ljturco
Reviewed October 2, 2019

We joined a guided tour that provided us with the crampons and ice axe. It was our first time hiking on snow and ice. By the time we finished the 19.4 km trail, our legs were a bit sore and my knees started complaining. But...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed August 20, 2019 via mobile

Incredible experience and highlight of 7 weeks in NZ! Did the crossing towards the end of summer (February) so weather was good, a bit of wind at the beginning. It is definitely a challenging hike but if you're even moderately fit you will be able...More

Date of experience: February 2019
4  Thank Jonsey2
Reviewed August 7, 2019

Don't listen to the reviews that tell you this walk is easy......it is far from it When we started we saw people in velvet tracksuits with boom boxes and flipflops trying to complete this hike. Make sure you wear proper hiking boots and take layers...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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August 19, 2019|
Response from ArielR106 | Reviewed this property |
I cannot tell you about snow because we just visited New Zealand and don't know much about weather there. We visited the area in March this year and we booked the shuttle service from Taupo, Service was good and on time and... More
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June 29, 2019|
Response from Traveltone1 | Reviewed this property |
It will be busy ...but that should NOT stop you doing it. It’s one of the worlds great walks and not to be missed .
May 28, 2019|
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Response from Traveltone1 | Reviewed this property |
It’s free to cross...the shuttle into the trail head is about $20 .....enjoy the walk,.