Grade: Moderate – Difficult, allow 1 hour
Enjoy the flat, as it won’t last forever. Once you have passed South Crater there is another short climb on an exposed ridge, the track follows this ridge to Red Crater. If you have plenty of time you may decide to summit Tongariro. Just before you reach Red Crater, the route heads off towards the left. The main track continues around Red Crater. Here you will enjoy spectacular views out over the Oturere Valley, Rangipo Desert, Kaimanawa Ranges and down towards the Emerald Lakes, but walk with caution, as it can get very blustery on a windy day.