Know the avalanche forecast. Sign used if a bad weather advisory is issued We then pick you up from the start of the track again. The winter environment and weather at Tongariro is frequently cold, wet and windy. It's not necessarily for everyone. 03 August 2017: Winter conditions. SAFETY There is very limited parking near the access points to the track. Side trips. Weather conditions in all New Zealand mountains are very changeable. However, in good weather if you have spare time, it can be an enjoyable diversion. You will have views of an old lava flow from Red Crater, the Emerald Lakes, and steam vents above Blue Lake as you descend. It is important to go prepared as the weather is often more extreme than other places in the North Island. 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. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a one-way 19.4km track. Ask about the weather forecasts and what the track conditions are like. ), it can be tackled without a guide for most of the year. Often described as one of the best day hikes in New Zealand, Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a must for avid hikers. It is a demanding one day hike and you need reasonable fitness. Hiking time depends on your pace, the weather conditions, and how often you stop to rest and take in the view. As a result, returning to the western end requires, retracing the 19.4 km crossing, walking 26 km via State Highways 46 and 47 back to the other trailhead, or completing the Tongariro Northern Circuit.. Ngatoroirangi, the founding ancestor of Ngāti Tuwharetoa, the local iwi (Māori tribe), ascended the great mountains of the Central Plateau 30 generations ago. You know most people find that they don't enjoy the track at all if they choose to go over in bad weather. There is a limited 4-hour period car park if you wish to park at the end of Mangatepopo Road (the beginning of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing trail). Soda Springs: 15-minute side trip from the head of Mangatepopo Valley, where you will find an oasis for the moisture-loving, yellow buttercups and white foxgloves. Moderate: 2.1 - 6.0. A helmet, crampons and ice axe are essential, as is competency using them. Grade: Moderate - allow 30 minutes. Start by 8am to ensure you leave enough daylight hours but pack a headtorch just in case. 1 Tongariro Alpine Crossing transport and guiding has three seasons – summer season, winter season and mid season (autumn-spring) – which determine the best way to tackle the Crossing and the costs involved. Track guide Tongariro Northern Circuit can be walked in either direction. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing continues from Emerald Lakes to Ketetahi. Tongariro Alpine Crossing – Known as one of the best one-day hikes in the world and this is our most popular hike. Always check Expect ice on the track between April and October. SAFETY In 1993, Tongariro became the first property to be inscribed on the World Heritage List under the revised criteria describing cultural landscapes. Be prepared for a long and Some sections are steep, rocky or muddy. The advisory will be applied if any of the following parameters are exceeded at 12 pm or 6 pm for the weather forecast at Red Crater: The assessment to apply the advisory will be made at 6 am every day. With snow and ice covering the track, walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter requires special skills and preparation. It's not necessarily for everyone. This can happen the day before or it can even happen in the morning of the trip. Please inform Adventure Lodge and Motels and Tongariro Crossing Track Transport in advance of your expected arrival time. The crossing is a linear journey, starting on the west side of Mount Tongariro and finishing on the north side. Weather on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. They’ll be able to help you make a … Track surface: Track is covered in snow and very icy in sections. There are between 9 and 11 hours of daylight in winter, so leave early enough to complete the trip before it gets dark. Start with a base layer of polypropylene/merino, add an insulation layer of fleece/wool and finish with a waterproof shell layer. You know most people find that they don't enjoy the track at all if they choose to go over in bad weather. Our Lodge is the ideal base to enjoy the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It follows an undulating ridge that can be cold and exposed in poor conditions. If we cancel you can either get a full refund or transfer to another day. The Tongariro Crossing will be in snowy winter conditions and should only be attempted with the appropriate knowledge and gear. It was then that he named Tongariro and the many features of the surrounding landscape, declaring this area as home for his descendants. Geothermal hazards. Steam vents (fumaroles) should not be approached – steam is very hot, the ground can be unstable and severe burns are possible. https://www.doc.govt.nz/.../things-to-do/tracks/tongariro-northern-circuit To book a guided hike of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing ring Whakapapa iSite on +64 7 892 3075. Tongariro Alpine Crossing (Map 050) Northern Start End of Ketetahi Road, Tongariro National Park Southern End Mangatepopo Track Turnoff, Tongariro National Park Distance 17.5km Time 6-8hr Tramping Standard Tramping track Route Potential hazards: This is an alpine crossing and weather conditions can turn dangerous very quickly. DOC will apply a 'Not Recommended Today' advisory on bad weather days. This means at times based on our over 20 years experience of working in this environment and reading the weather, we sometimes have to cancel. That said, the weather can change and it can still turn on you while you are up there and you need to be prepared and know what to do. The Tongariro Crossing transport services aim to get you to the track for this time. Wind Chill: The apparent temperature when exposed to the outside conditions. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip. The 21.4 km track leads up to the saddle between Mt. Want to enquire about Tongariro Expeditions before booking? Ngauruhoe and Mt. Part of the shuttle fee of about $40 helps DOC with conservation projects. This feels more like -2°C (28°F) with moderate winds of 20 km/h (11 knots). This means at times based on our over 20 years experience of working in this environment and reading the weather, we sometimes have to cancel. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation. Sometimes we go on hold till another forecast comes out to ensure we get it right. All guides have First Aid and safety qualifications. Plenty of drinking water (water along the track is not suitable for drinking), food and toilet paper, Waterproof jacket and pants, hat, gloves, sunscreen, and warm, layered clothing, Avalanche transceiver, avalanche probe and snow shovel, Mobile phone, personal locator beacon (PLB), head torch and spare batteries. The track is 19.4km long, which doesn’t seem too difficult at first glance. There are increased risks from snow, ice, avalanche terrain and sub-zero temperatures. If you are uncomfortable with this risk, choose a different track. Full refund available up to the day before. If you are experienced in hiking with crampons and ice axe and in alpine terrain, you can trek the Tongariro Alpine Crossing during these months. Autumn (March/April/May) Autumn in the North Island of New Zealand is very mild, it often still feels like summer through the first part of the season and can produce some beautiful conditions for hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, but there can be a significant … Winter is a wonderful time to experience the magic of Mt Tongariro with a guide. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track passes over varied and spectacular volcanic terrain. It is common to experience very cold temperatures, strong wind, heavy rainfall and poor visibility in summer – snow can fall at any time of year. Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. Avalanches are a hazard. The park has active and extinct volcanoes, a diverse range of ecosystems and some remarkable landscapes. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing passes through volcanic hazard zones – even when the track is open, volcanic risk is present. There is geothermal activity around the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – especially near emerald lakes. Snow and ice, avalanche risk and subzero temperatures exist on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Getting there The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is an incredible 19km journey through the Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO Dual World Heritage Park recognised for its spiritual and cultural significance as well as its outstanding volcanic features.The trail takes in some of the most dramatic landscapes you will ever see — cold mountain springs, ancient lava flows, steam vents and the spectacular Emerald Lakes. a water/windproof jacket and pants, hat and gloves, sunscreen and wear warm, layered clothing, sturdy footwear such as tramping/hiking boots. 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. We take our role of keeping you safe very seriously. We will go over everything you need to know to have an awesome and enjoyable trek. We send out a daily update and post it on here for everyone to be able to see and make an informed decision on whether the weather is good enough to set out. On a calm day, Red Crater is at least 10°C colder than Taupō and 5°C colder than the start of the track – subtract another 2°C for every 10 km/h of wind: Eg, when it’s 10°C (50°F) in Taupō, a calm day at Red Crater will be about 2°C (35°F). Know the route – deep snow can hide track markers. Take five minutes and learn how to prepare for a day walk and #MakeItHomeNZ. Turn back if weather conditions are poor in the valley – conditions will get worse as you go higher up the mountain. It is important to go prepared as the weather is often more extreme than other places in the North Island. Have a memorable and safe experience with the following approved Tongariro Alpine Crossing guiding companies: Mangatepopo Valley in winterImage: Zhi Yuen Yap, South Crater in winterImage: Zhi Yuen Yap. Indication of severe gale may be found in the spot forecasts and/or the worded forecasts. This is the perfect habitat for a variety of New Zealand’s native birds. 'Winter' is usually August and September. We offer multiple departure and return times daily, to and from a pick up point near you, including the brand new National Park Village transport hub. Trek across a volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts – steaming vents, glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, alpine vegetation and vivid crater lakes, all with stunning views. Deep snow can hide track markers. 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