Steep descent from Red Crater to Emerald Lakes on loose rock
Image: DOC


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

19.4 km one way

Walking and tramping

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

Seasonal restrictions

  • Labour weekend in October to 30 April parking restrictions (4 hr maximum) are in place at the road-ends – we suggest you book a shuttle.
  • Over winter, additional hazards are present including snow and ice, avalanche risk, and sub-zero temperatures.

Dog access

No dogs

Your safety is your responsibility

Take the right gear to keep yourself safe on your tramp

Tell someone your plans using the Outdoors Intentions form including when to raise the alarm if you haven't returned.

Follow the Land Safety Code.


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 892 3729
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Postal Address:   PO Box 71029
Whakapapa Village
Mount Ruapehu 3951
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