TongariroAlpineCrossing Start-Mangatepopo Car Park

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From November to April, trek across a volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts. From May to October, snow and ice means alpine skills and experience are essential - it's best to go with guide or choose another track. Distance: 19.4 km one way. Nov-Apr: 7-8 hr or May-Oct: 9 hr. Trek across 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. 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. Wear strong, rigid boots to prevent slips when descending the steep scree slope from Red Crater. Start by 8am to ensure you leave enough daylight hours but pack a headtorch just in case. Toilets are every 12 hr along the track. No dogs.

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