Trails: Mangatepopo Road road end car park and shelter – Tongariro Alpine Crossing Track – Junction to Whakapapa Village – Junction to Mangatepopo Hut – Soda Springs (5 minutes side track) – Junction to Mt Ngauruhoe Summit 2287m – South Crater – Red Crater – Junction to Mt Tongariro Summit 1967m – Emerald Lakes – Junction to Norhtern Circuit Oturere Hut – Central Crater – Blue Lake – Ketetahi Hut – Ketetahi shelter and car park.
Note: Do not try if the weather is not good enough! Private car parking may not be allowed during peak season at Mangatepopo Road road end car park and shelter.
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Total climbing: 1655 m
Average speed: 4.37 km/h
Total Time: 09:02:36
Difficulty Rating: 5.24 – H
The “Total Time” is my time in November which includes morning tea time and lunch time and breaks. That day was fine and the track was good. The Tongariro Crossing is about 19.8km without side track to Mt Ngauruhoe Summit. If you slow down to average 3.5km/h plus 90 min stop then the total time will be around 7hrs. Climbing Mt Ngauruhoe Summit will take you another 2.5hrs.
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