The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the most talked about one-day hikes in New Zealand. There are not many places in the world you can experience walking alongside a live volcano. It might not be spewing lava, but you can feel in certain spots that the streams are running hot water, the rocks and the ground is hot. As well as steam vents will really convince you that it is not the sun heating the earth. There are several shuttle options to consider when staying at Tongariro Suites.
Although Tongariro National Park is famous for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is a serious 19 km/8 hours hike, the region has so many other shorter walk to suit any kind of fitness.
The most popular walk is the Taranaki Falls walk, which is an easy 6 km loop walk for all fitness levels.
We always recommend to our guests to start on the lower track as you will be walking towards the bottom of the waterfall while if you start on the upper track you will approach the waterfall from the top. The walk passes through tussock and alpine shrublands before entering beech forest. On a clear day Ngauruhoe’s symmetrical cone and the older, eroded mountains of Tongariro and Pukekaikiore are visible.
Tongariro Suites is ideally located between both ski field. You can decide in the morning whether to turn left or right. by using the Ruapehu Alpine Lifts website . The page will show the weather conditions for each skifield, which ski lifts are operating and to check if the road to the parking areas are open.