The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track spans the length of Mount Tongariro, covering 19.4 kilometres. On average the trek takes between seven and nine hours to complete.
The track starts at the Mangatepopo Valley and finishes at Ketatahi Road. Following the track in this direction means the least amount of climbing is involved, though first timers should be aware that the track is considered steep in parts. Transport needs to be arranged to drop you at the beginning of the track and to provide pick up from the end of the track after your trek. A number of operators in Tongariro National Park and Taupo provide transport to and from the track.