Emerald Lakes, Red Crater, and Mt Ngauruhoe, viewed from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
PHOTO: Jeff P | Creative Commons


The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track crosses stark and spectacular volcanic terrain.


Among its highlights are steaming vents and hot springs, old lava flows, beautiful water-filled explosion craters and stunning views. On clear days you can see Mount Taranaki in the west, Mount Ngauruhoe, the Kaimanawa Ranges, Lake Taupo and beyond.

Take a bus to/from the walk and avoid limited parking at road ends. Find transport operators for Tongariro National Park

Track overview

19.4 km one way

Walking and tramping

7-8 hr (allow full day) Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track

Dog access

No dogs


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 892 3729
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Email:   tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
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