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How Long Is Tongariro Crossing

There is a reason why the Tongariro Crossing is called one of the world’s best one day hike! You’ll need nearly a full day to complete the Crossing, which starts 1 km above sea-level, and gets even higher nearer the top. Keep reading for more details below. 

The hike climbs through volcanic terrain, walking through giant caldera and lava fields. A total sensorial experience. Feel the frosty air in the face and immerse yourself in spectacular views painted in emerald, orange and silver. Cover your nose, as the smell of sulphur is a reminder that this crater is still active! This course is strenuous and best for those who are active and have hiked before.

The Tongariro crossing is 19.4 kilometres in length and climbs up to almost 1900 metres. Depending on weather conditions, this trek can take up to 6 to 8 hours to complete.
The hike begins at 1120m, starting easy with a boardwalk and gravel track from Mangatepopo that climbs steadily. With plenty of steep and thrilling roads to keep you focused, the course takes a rather interesting turn as you make your way through the course. To paint a picture, expect some zig-zag tracks, thrilling leaps and drop-offs!

You will hike between Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, and through the South Crater before climbing again to Red Crater, the highest point on the crossing at 1886 m. The beautiful emerald lakes known as Ngarotopounamu will greet you and give you all the motivation to continue downhill, slithering pass the Blue Lake, also known as Te Wai-whakaata-o-te-Rangihiroa (Rangihiroa’s mirror) and some steaming lakes that sidles around the northern slope of Tongariro. Working your way down the zigzag track past Ketetahi Shelter, this is your last leg of your epic 8-hour hike down to the road’s end at 760 m.



Wanting to book a shuttle to Tongariro Crossing? Summit Shuttles provides transport from the National Park – Park and Ride Transport Hub. Simply book your ticket, and avoid the crowds. Shuttles run throughout both the Summer & Winter seasons, and get you directly to “New Zealand’s finest one-day walk and one of the best in the world.”. Book your ticket today!