Tongariro Alpine Crossing: Walking and tramping in Tongariro National Park

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Image: Graeme Murray ©


Trek across a volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts – steaming vents, glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, alpine vegetation and vivid crater lakes, all with stunning views.


All drone use must be authorised by DOC

A concession is required to use a drone on conservation land

Tongariro National Park is a UNESCO dual World Heritage Area and was the first in the world to receive cultural World Heritage Status.

Track overview

19.4 km one way

Walking and tramping

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

Seasonal restrictions

  • From 21 October 2017 to 30 April 2018 parking restrictions (4 hr maximum) are in place at the road-ends - book a shuttle.
  • Over winter, additional hazards are present: snow and ice, avalanche risk, and sub-zero temperatures.

Dog access

No dogs


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 892 3729
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Full office details
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