Effective from 24 May 2013 (updates are made when conditions change)
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Map of Tongariro Alpine Crossing effective 8 May 2013 (PDF, 296K)
Tongariro Alpine Crossing: The complete track is open, but snow may be on the track at this time of year.
Tongariro Northern Circuit: Open. Snow may be on the track at this time of year. Off-peak season applies until 24 October 2013:
- There are no reservations – beds and campsites are first come, first served; payment is with Backcountry Hut Tickets or Passes.
- There are no cooking stoves – you need to bring your own.
Mt Ruapehu Crater Climb: Open. Snow / ice conditions apply.
Round the Mountain Track: Open. Be aware of possible snow / ice on the track at this time of year.
Mangatepopo, Oturere and Waihohonu huts and campsites are open. Off-peak season applies until 24 October 2013. There are no reservations – beds and campsites are on a first come basis only; payment is with Backcountry Hut Tickets and Passes.
Ketetahi hut and campsite are no longer available for accommodation following damage in the 2012 volcanic eruption.
Mangatepopo and Ketetahi roads and parking areas are open.
Check current volcanic status information and webcams at the Geonet website
- Tongariro is at alert level 1
- Ruapehu is at alert level 1
- Ngauruhoe is at alert level 0
Find out about the 2012 Mount Tongariro eruptions
- Snowfall, icy surfaces and subzero temperatures are likely now. Also the days are shorter - daylight hours are approximately 7:00 am - 5:30 pm.
- Following strong wind and stormy weather, windfalls (fallen trees / vegetation) are possible in forest sections of the tracks.
- Check the weather forecast for Tongariro National Park at the MetService website, or by calling 0900 99915, or at DOC Visitor Centres and i-SITEs.
To safely enjoy your hike, suitable clothing and equipment is essential - you are in a changeable alpine environment. High altitude hikes are not recommended in poor weather conditions.
- If snow / ice is on the tracks or routes, alpine equipment and experience may be required.
- Bring waterproof and windproof jacket, warm layers (merino / polypropylene), sturdy hiking boots, waterproof overtrousers, warm hat and gloves.
- Cotton is not suitable (including jeans) – it will not keep you warm!
Tongariro National Park is an alpine environment
The weather is very changeable in all seasons, and often more extreme and cold than other parts of the North Island – even in summer. Changes to weather affects conditions on the tracks and in the backcountry. Always check the latest weather forecast before you venture out, and be prepared to change your plans if conditions are unfavourable.
We are at higher altitude than other areas - most of our tracks are over 1000 m above sea level.
Your safety is your responsibility
Make sure you plan, prepare and equip yourself for any trip into the backcountry. To report any safety hazards or conservation emergencies call the DOC HOTline - 0800 362 468. For fire and search and rescue call 111.
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