Find out what you need to wear and take on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk.

Part of having a great time in the outdoors is to be properly prepared. The following clothing and equipment is essential for all walkers on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Be prepared for wet, cold, windy weather.

Clothing and equipment

Well dressed hikers at Red Crater.
Well dressed hikers at Red Crater

You need plenty of warm and waterproof clothing to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Cotton clothing such as jeans, T-shirts and sweatshirts doesn't keep you warm - it is not suitable.

  • Waterproof and windproof jacket is essential in case of wet/windy weather. Waterproof overtrousers are good to have also.      
  • Warm wool, polypropylene, and/or fleece base layers (tops and leggings).
  • Sturdy hiking boots or shoes with good soles. Boots are better as they give ankle support and are normally waterproof.
  • Food is not available for purchase on the track. Bring food that is lightweight and high energy, such as cereal bars, dried fruit/nuts, crackers/sandwiches, fresh fruit.
  • Water is not available on the track (stream and lake water is not OK to drink). Bring a water bottle or hydration pack of 1 - 3 litres.
  • First aid kit (sunscreen, blister kits, pain relief, band-aids/bandages, personal medications)
  • Sunglasses and sunhat
  • Warm hat and warm gloves
  • Map and compass or GPS. The track is well marked but you should have at least a basic map with you.

Clothing and equipment rental

Transport operators often have waterproof clothing and walking boots available to rent for the day.

You can rent jackets, overtrousers and hiking boots, plus some other equipment in towns surrounding the Tongariro National Park. See rental outlets in National Park Village - National Park Village website.

During winter and snow conditions

  • Ice axe and crampons - and know how to use them
  • Avalanche equipment (probe, transceiver, shovel) - and know how to use them
  • Snow gaiters
  • Snow goggles
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