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    Tongariro Alpine Crossing


    Walking & Hiking Trail in Ruapehu , Manawatu-Whanganui New Zealand

    Walking / Hiking TrailInstagrammable spot


    One of NZ's best day walks, 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.

    This challenging trip begins at 1120 m, climbs the Mangatepopo Valley to the saddle between Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, through South Crater before climbing again to Red Crater, the highest point on the crossing at 1886 m.

    You will then descend on a volcanic rock scree track to the vivid Emerald Lakes, known as Nga Rotopounamu (greenstone-hued lakes). After passing Blue Lake, also known as Te Wai-whakaata-o-te-Rangihiroa (Rangihiroa’s mirror), the track sidles around the northern slope of Tongariro, then descends in a zigzag track down to the road end at 760 m.

    You may recognise some of the views - you’ll be walking in the footsteps of Frodo and Sam - this was the home of Mordor in the Lord of the Rings!

    19.4 km one way

    6-8 hour intermediate hiking track