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.


Stay safe in the outdoors


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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