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How cold is the Tongariro Crossing?
How hot or cold does it get on the Crossing? The average temperature for the 16-17 season was 6 degrees Celsius*. The start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is 1100m above sea level. So it is not unusual to have a frost first thing in the morning, even during summer months.
Does Tongariro have snow?
Temperature. Average temperatures in Tongariro National Park vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year.
What should I wear to Tongariro Crossing in winter?
You’ll need at least three layers of clothing, with thermals underneath to keep you warm. Wind and waterproof jackets and trousers are recommended, along with a hat and gloves. A good pair of hiking boots are essential. Footwear must come to above the ankle and be made of a non-mesh material, i.e. leather or Gore-Tex.
What is the best time of year to do the Tongariro Crossing?
Summer is the most popular time to enjoy the hike. The summer hiking season is from November through to the end of April. During this time about 130,000 people hike the Crossing. During the summer season there’s around 1000 people hiking the track daily.
Can you walk Tongariro in winter?
“The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is just fabulous in winter. This landscape is magnificent in all seasons, but especially when the peaks of our three volcanoes – Mt Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu – are covered in snow.
Can you walk the Tongariro Crossing in winter?
Walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter requires special skills and preparation. Additional hazards are present: snow and ice, avalanche risk, and sub-zero temperatures. If you are well prepared and are a competent winter alpine tramper, it can be a fantastic experience.
Do you need hiking boots for Tongariro Crossing?
Do you need hiking boots for the Tongariro crossing? A good quality tramping boot with ankle support is a must. There are a lot of rocky, uneven sections where you’ll be glad your ankles are supported if you slip along the way. We strongly advise against wearing trainers to the Tongariro Crossing.
What do you wear to Tongariro Crossing?
What do I wear to hike the Tongariro Crossing?
- A waterproof and windproof jacket.
- Waterproof over trousers.
- Warm base layers (wool, fleece or polypropylene)
- Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots.
- Sunglasses and hat.
- Beanie and gloves.
- Lighter clothing such as shorts and t-shirts.
Is the Tongariro Crossing open in winter?
Yes, you can complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter (May to October). However, it is important that you are prepared for an extreme alpine environment, have winter gear including crampons and ice axe, be prepared for extreme weather (severe wind and snow), and be avalanche aware.
What shoes for Tongariro Crossing?
Footwear – boots or shoes should be very solid with a firm sole and good tread. This track is very rocky. People often want to walk in running shoes. Some are fine as they are heavier and provide the necessary support and protection but many are too light and are meant more for the yoga studio than the mountains.