Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter
Image: Shaun Barnett | ©



From November to late April, trek across a volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts. From May to October, snow and ice means alpine skills and experience are essential - it's best to go with guide or choose another track.

20.2 km one way

Walking and tramping

Nov-Apr: 7-8 hr | May-Oct: 9 hr Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track
Expert: Route

Seasonal restrictions

Labour weekend (late October) - 30 April

Parking restrictions (4 hr maximum) are in place at the road-ends – we suggest you book a shuttle. Intermediate track category. 

May - October (winter season)

Additional hazards are present including snow and ice, avalanche risk, and sub-zero temperatures. Expert route category.


Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 7 892 3729
Address Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu 3083
Hours Visitor centre hours and services
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