Mt Ngauruhoe - 2287 Metres
If you want to climb Mt Ngauruhoe and complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in one day, ensure you allow plenty of time as this is a strenuous side trip.
From South Crater a poled route leads over to the base of Mt Ngauruhoe. Look for the old lava flow or the rocky ridge to the left of the scree slopes, and then select your own route up.
The summit area can be dangerous and should be avoided if there are any signs of volcanic activity.
The descent can be made relatively quickly but it is easy to lose control on the free-flowing scree underfoot.
Allow 1 to 2 hours up and 30 minutes down (from the saddle).
Mount Tongariro - 1967 metres
From Red Crater follow the poled route to the summit of Mt Tongariro.
Be aware that this route follows a ridge that can be cold and exposed in poor conditions, so ensure you have plenty of time and a beautiful day to really enjoy this side trip.
Allow 1.5 to 2 hours return.