The Crossing in Winter

You need special skills and preparation to complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter (June to October). There are increased risks from snow, ice, avalanche terrain and sub-zero temperatures.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Winter Experience

Tongariro Alpine Crossing winter guided tripIf you are not experienced in hiking in alpine terrain in winter conditions, a guided trip is recommended.

Weather on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is subject to severe alpine condition and can be extreme, particularly on the Red Crater ridge. You can expect snow, ice and strong winds.

Weather forecasts are used as an initial guide. Your guide will make trek decisions based on the actual condition on the day.

All those attempting the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with or without a guide must be of good health and good fitness. Guides expect you to sign a form stating this.

Medical conditions including epilepsy, blood pressure complications, heart problems and chronic asthma may prevent you from joining the group.

Find a Tongariro Alpine Crossing guide here.

Winter hiking must-haves:

The following is a mandatory minimum gear and equipment list for each person

" Just hang on up here mate — she gets a bit bumpy aye.. " Barry Crump