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Tongariro Crossing Guided Day Walk

http://walkinglegends.com/new-zealand-guided-walks-snapshot/tongariro-crossing-guided-day-walk/     ( 30 April, 2017 )

"A lifetime achievement!"
"A lifetime achievement!"
"A life-changing experience not to be missed!" Lonely Planet
"A life-changing experience not to be missed!" Lonely Planet
"Our guide was extremely knowledgeable & gave us a personalized experience tailored to our group fitness & vibe
"Our guide was extremely knowledgeable & gave us a personalized experience tailored to our group fitness & vibe
"Sam is a tremendous guide- motivational, inspirational, concerned, sensitive to ages and cultures, knowlegeable of the area, and just overall helpful.
"Sam is a tremendous guide- motivational, inspirational, concerned, sensitive to ages and cultures, knowlegeable of the area, and just overall helpful.
1 Day
19km
(11 miles)
Depart National Park or Whakapapa Village
NZD$350
NZD$100 per child
(15 years and under)
Moderate

Tongariro Crossing Day Walk Summary

Hike New Zealand's best walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, with a friendly and passionate local guide. Walking Legends' professional, all-inclusive service make this the easiest, most convenient, and rewarding way to experience one of the world's top hikes.

  • Have an exclusive guide for yourself / your group
  • Hike at your own pace
  • Enjoy the entire 19km alpine track, or turn back at any point that you choose
  • Carry a day pack only
  • Experienced and knowledgeable local guides
  • Exclusive Group Pricing = $350 p/p for min 2 people. $200 for extra adults, $100 for extra children
  • Includes: Delicious lunch, snacks and drinks; trail map; professional local guide; door-to-door private transport from Whakapapa or National Park Village; raincoats, day packs, walking sticks and warm clothing are available to borrow free of charge.
  • Transport from Taupo, Turangi etc can also be arranged

 

Tongariro Crossing Track Description

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7 hours walking, or less if you desire

Approx 7 - 8am your exclusive local guide will pick you up from your Whakapapa or National Park accommodation. A short drive leads to the start of the world-famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Recognised as the world’s best walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a fascinating and challenging 7-8 hour (19km) hike through a dramatic volcanic and alpine environment. With the assistance of your exclusive guide you can choose to walk as much or as little of the track as you please, at the pace that best suits your private party.

The track runs through the Mangatepopo Valley (900m) to the saddle between Tongariro and Ngauruhoe Mountains. Two steep climbs lead to Red Crater (1886m), then a scree slope drops down to the vivid Emerald Lakes. After passing the Green and Blue lakes the track then sidles around the northern slope of Mount Tongariro with great views of Lake Taupo, before the descent of switch-backs and steps to the end (600m).

Your private transport awaits you at the end of the track, with well-deserved celebration refreshments.

Approx 4pm return to your Tongariro National Park or Whakapapa Village accommodation.

Walking Legends’ professional, all-inclusive service make this the easiest, most convenient and rewarding way to experience this life-altering hike. Caring and friendly guides will ensure you walk at a relaxed pace, so you can relish the jaw-dropping views, spectacular geology & frequent refreshment breaks.

Your guide carry’s a first aid kit, communications, safety equipment and extra refreshments so you can relax in the knowledge that you are in good hands! We look forward to sharing this special walk with you!

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a weather dependent walk. We recommend you allow a few days to get a good weather window. Have a look at our 3-day Tongariro Hiking Tour, which we designed specifically for this purpose!

Questions & Answers

Fitness?

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Walking Legends guides are very experienced at guiding people of all ages and fitness levels, and are patient, caring and attentive to our walkers’ needs and aspirations. We believe that having an exclusive guide is the only way to walk the Tongariro Crossing, so everyone can walk at their own pace and receive our legendary personalised service. To complete the entire Tongariro Alpine Crossing Track is a strenuous hike of 7-8 hours, with a climb and descent of around 1000 metres through an alpine environment. Our exclusive guide service means that you do not have to complete the entire track, and can turn around at any point. On the other hand very fit walkers will also gain maximum enjoyment from your day by not being slowed down by others. Track surfaces vary from well-formed paths to rough terrain of rocks and loose scree. Please consult with us regarding children under 10 years of age.

Weather?

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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track is totally exposed to the weather, and is therefore very weather dependent. We make a decision at 2pm every day, based on the latest weather forecast, as to whether we will attempt the Crossing the next day. If we deem it unsafe you will be offered an alternative walk or to attempt the Crossing on another day. If you do not partake in any walk then a full refund of any money paid will be provided. Even if the weather forecast is good, the weather in these mountains can change rapidly. If we need to turn around part way through the walk for any reason then there is no refund. The guide's main priority is safety and enjoyment, so please respect your guide's decisions. You should be prepared for all types of weather conditions even in the height of summer. We provide a full list of clothing you need, and have thermals and raincoats you can borrow.

What gear will I need?

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You need a good pair of hiking shoes or boots and suitable hiking clothing - no jeans! Quick-dry shorts or trousers are ideal. Warm jersey, thermal layers, warm hat, sunhat & sunscreen, 2 litres drinking water and a camera. Raincoats, thermal layers, walking sticks, and day packs can be borrowed from us for free. A detailed equipment list will be provided on booking.

Talk to Hilary

0800 WALK NZ
Overseas phone +64 7 308 0292
email us: hilary@walkinglegends.com