The "Real" Tongariro Crossing Route Guide

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Track 1 day. Medium. One way.
A popular but crowded alpine route through a spectacular volcanic landscape.
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
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
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

Track grades

Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
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.
Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.