Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Popular day hike on the northern island of New Zealand
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‘Tongariro Alpine Crossing: this is how I imagined New Zealand. Stunning nature that is almost to beautiful to be true. Tongariro is giving me a 7 hour sneak peak of New Zealand’s incredible landscapes!’

You haven’t been to New Zealand if you haven’t done the Tongariro Alpine Crossing on the Northern island. This one-day hike is a popular one: so make sure you start early in the morning to avoid massive crowds. Some people say it is the best one-day trek available in New Zealand, others say it is one of the best single-day treks in the world.

My alarm clock went off at 4 am and I started the walk at the finish and walked to the start of the track. More elevation to do it this way made it a bit more difficult, but even me as an untrained person could finish after a 19.4km hike and still smile. Climbs are steep and weather is unpredictable, but it is all worth it. It was cold, it was hot, I walked through snow and I had to be careful not to get sunburned: Tongariro has it all.

The Tongariro National Park is rich in both cultural identity and dramatic natural scenery. Unique landforms, including the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe (or Mount Doom for the LOTR fans), Tongariro and Ruapehu ensure the Tongariro Alpine Crossing will leave you in awe.

Prepare for the elements and check weather forecasts as the track will be closed when it’s too windy, snowy, or rainy. From different places around the track you can arrange transport to and from the track, but when you are on a budget hitchhiking is your best option.

Sandra her favourite things are hitchhiking and roadtrips. After living for two years in Australia she is now living in New Zealand, telling stories on Where Will She Go. With a mind that never stands still and a heart that is always overflowing she enjoys moments of serenity while traveling. Meditation retreats, yoga courses or spending nights in the quiet desert are no stranger to her. For the Boho Guide she will share all her favourite spots that makes her heart beat faster and her eyes sparkle.
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro National Park 4691 NZ
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