Tongariro Crossing Spring Autumn

September-November & April-June: Semi Guided & Return Shuttle

Walking Time: 5-7 hours
Suitable for moderately fit people
Depart Riverstone to Managatepopo: 6.30am
Includes: Safety staff to accompany, use of crampons & ice axe unlikely
Cost: Mangatepopo $130 (return Ketetahi)

What to Expect

  • This option may be offered in either winter or summer and is depandent upon weather & safety
  • The Crossing is alpine high altitude terrain with little to no shelter, so you are exposed to whatever weather conditions exist –  make sure wear or carry the right gear and learn about the track before you start
  • Snow/ice can cover parts of the track
  • You are unlikely to need cramp-ons or may not use them for long
  • In the spring & autumn conditions climbing Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe is usually not possible
Shuttle, Gear, Facilities, Track Here!

Track Conditions Explained

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

2 Shuttle only option (summer conditions) applies when the track is clear from snow and ice

3 Once there is snow and ice on the track we no longer offer shuttle only options for safety reason (winter & mid season conditions)

4 Due to variable weather during the spring and autumn, from day to day any one of these three options may be more appropriate

5 Bus times are subject to change, please check times with Riverstone Backpackers

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