I hiked the crossing with my family. I loved being in LOTR terrain. The Emerald lakes were amazing. I highly recommend doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
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Another nice side trip. Nobody actually out there when I got there. Nice to escape the hordes for a minute with some very nice views. LOTS of stange aphidy beatle like critters at this particular spot. ALL over my clothes, like thousands. Didnt bite though.
Detour on the overly crowded crossing (nice, if nothing else, to get away from the hordes). Cloud down so no views.
2012 - w/ Xenja Poljakowa
Climbed Ngaurahoe earlier in the day and completed the crossing.
Side trip on wodnerful Tongariro Crossing.
wife's first winter-esque climb. fun!
Started from Whakepapa chateau at 9am, pass by Taranaki Falls along the loop, then Northern Circuit to Mangatepopo shelter, Mt Doom, Tongariro and finished the Crossing at Ketetahi in the dark at about 8pm. Very unique terrain owing to the Emerald Lakes and Blue Lake.
Climbed up from the Ketetahi Hut via North Crater. Was a great day to be out a bit windy but clear. Climed Nguruhoe the previous day, what a beautiful area.
Great hike as part of the Tongariro crossing. Foggy and cool!
Hiked through the fog all the way to the summit. After 15 minutes on the summit the fog cleared and we has some wonderful views.
Did Mt Tongariro as a side trip while trekking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Nice and rather easy trip with good views.
Four of us did this little trek after climbing "Mount Doom" and had the top all to ourselves, despite the heavy traffic on this sunny day.
Stood on the top while doing the Tongariro crossing. Visibility was a bit dodgy. Red crater looked (and smelt) pretty impressive though. Well worth doing, but the crossing can be done in one third the time they say it can.
Easy walk up to the summit from Ketetahi hut via North Crater on the second day of Tongariro Circuit. Unlimited visibility, amazing views to Ngauruhoe, Ruapehu and even Taranaki.
Did the traverse twice, once in the deep snow, once in the dry, each a week apart. The most amazing contrast imaginable. The colours of the mineral deposits, the lakes, Lake Taupo in the distance, Ngaurahoe, Ruapehu, just such an overwhelming onslaught of sensory input. Whiteout the first time round meant we skipped the Tongariro summit and kept on going.
Climbed Tongariro as a side trip on Northern Circuit, on a clear day with views all the way to Mt Taranaki.
As a side trip during the Northern Crossing. White out conditions and very strong winds. Knew I was on top only because there was no more up. Prevented from seeing all those vaunted vistas but at least I had the hill to myself. Excellent day nevertheless.
Climbed as side trip while on Tongariro crossing. Horrible weather, whiteout conditions on summit with some mixed rain/hale. still a bit of snow on ridgeline. fun little climb.
A straight forward climb from Mangatepopo car park to Tongariro summit, stopping at Soda springs and Red Crater. We arrived at the summit at about 6.30pm and pitched the tent. Woke up for sunrise, took some photos and returned via Emerald Pools.