Our hike across the Tongariro Alpine Crossing reached all of our expectations and more. Knowing that the weather there is very fickle, we were prepared for anything. We hoped for the best but expected the worst, especially after hearing one of our Couchsurfer hosts talk about his very foggy hike there. But it seemed that after a rainy day in Abel Tasman, the gods were on our side and we were graced with the most perfect day we could have ever asked for. Blue skies, with some gusty winds, but nothing compared to Patagonia. We were happy as could be. Check out our pictures below to see what I'm talking about!
Notes & A Few Helpful Hints
- Rivertsone Backpackers (Turangi): a quiet hostel with a very homey feel set in Turangi, a small town about an hour away from Tongariro. Great kitchen and wifi as well!
- YHA Waitomo (Waitomo): very busy so the facilities are not always clean, especially the kitchen and bathrooms. Rooms are very cramped but fine for one night.
- We parked our rental car in the Ketetahi car park in the morning and caught the 7 AM Alpine Hot Bus that took us to Mangatepopo and the start of the track. It cost us NZ$25 per person, though their website now says NZ$20 per person.