Tongariro Crossing landscape. Grasses and wild sky. Photo Fri Gilbert

"The landscape surrounding the Tongariro crossing is magical"

Rachel McDonald - UK

Never the same, even 24 hours apart, the constantly changing weather patterns provide you with fantastic views and challenging terrains.

In September 2007 The Department of Consrevation officially renamed New Zealand most popular one day walk The Tongriro Alpine Crossing, to better reflect the nature and terrain of the track.



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The Tongariro Crossing climbs 17km/10 miles through spectacular volcanic terrain leading through open plains up into wide plateues, flanked by mountains and stunning volcanic lakes.

Your hike will lead you to the Red Crater (1886m / 6184ft) passing between the two active volcanoes - Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe, before descending via the Emerald and Blue Lakes to Ketetahi Hot Springs and back to the car park.

Allow 8 hours for the walk.

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Mountain Biking in the North Island Central Plateau of New Zealand.

The Central North Island is a wonderful place to mountain bike and explore. If you are a hardened adventurer, or just new to the sport, there is something for all riding abilities, all within a short drive or riding distance. Don't forget to pack your swimsuit when you come, as you'll appreciate a soak in the Tokaanu hot pools after a day out riding your bike.

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Creel Lodge, 183 Taupahi Road , Turangi/Tongariro, New Zealand
Phone/Fax +64 - 7 - 386 - 8081. NZ free call number 0800 - 273 - 355

Stunning Crater Lakes on the Tongariro Crossing Walk

Turangi is the closest town, and only 15 minutes to the Crossing start, you can leave your car at Creel Lodge, where a local shuttle will pick you up from Creels front gate, and drop you back  the cost is $NZ35.

Skiiers looking at Mt Ngaruhoe from Mt Ruaphehu

Mt Ngauruhoe is also an active volcano. Adventurous skiiers climb to the top and ski down her slopes.

Davide & Luca from Italy on a Winter Crossing

David & Luka from Italy made a  Winter Crossing.

"We are back in Italy after an unforgettable journey to New Zealand! We would like to thank you once again for the precious help you gave us in organizing the Tongariro Crossing last August... we had a WONDERFUL experience."