Tracks

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Te Araroa Trail
Te Araroa Trail
Track 95 days. Medium. One way.
Te Araroa is a walking trail running the entire length of the North and South Islands. The trail opened 3 December 2011.
Ngauruhoe Volcano
Ngauruhoe Volcano
Track 1 day. Medium. Returns via same track.
Ascent of the steep, symmetrical scoria cone of a young volcano - can be walked as a 3 hour side trip on the Tongariro Crossing
Ketetahi Track
Ketetahi Track
Track 0 – 2 days. Easy. Return via same track.
Easy climb through forest and subalpine vegetation on the northern flank of the Tongariro Volcano
Soda Springs
Track Easy. Return via same track.
The easiest close approach to Ngauruhoe Volcano, following a smooth track through a raw, moonlike landscape to an oasis of vegetation around mineral springs
Te Mari Craters
Te Mari Craters
Track Easy/medium. Return via same route.
Unmarked walk to volcanic craters near Ketetahi Hut on the Tongariro Crossing
Mount Tongariro
Track Easy/medium. Return via same route.
A side trip on the Tongariro Crossing to the low summit of Tongariro Volcano

Track grades

Easy
Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
Easy-medium
Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
Medium
Typical tops track. Experienced trampers only. Rough, muddy and poorly marked or unmarked. Ascents of up to 2000m. River crossings, open tops, passes. Up to about 8 hours per day.
Medium-hard
Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
Hard
Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.

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