Tongariro Alpine Crossing – The Greatest One Day Walk in the World

Tongariro Alpine crossing photo

View from near the summit of the Red Crater on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Somtimes you get lucky.

On Easter Monday after several years of talking about it, I finally did the 19.4km Mount Tongariro Alpine Crossing and I can see why it is considered one of the worlds ‘Great one day walks’.

Though the predicted weather wasn’t very good with easterly winds and heavy cloud, I still headed up the Mangatepopo valley just after 6.00am, determined to do the walk even though the possibility of photographic success wasn’t great. After climbing out of the Mangatepopo valley and crossing South Crater, the cloud lifted to reveal the amazing volcanic alpine landscape of Mounts Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. With steaming fumaroles, emerald and blue lakes, red craters and views for ever, it was an out of this world experience.

Needless to say the camera got a good workout and in the process I managed to capture a few images that I am very happy with.

In fact I am already making plans to do this stunning walk again, when there might be the possibility of some snow.

All those hours of training, on the bike and walking up and down Mount Te Aroha, certainly paid off and made the walk a pleasure to do.

More Mount Tongariro Crossing  photos here

Richard Spranger Tongariro Crossing

Downhill from here on the Tongariro Crossing

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