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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is 19.4 km. The average time to complete the hike is 7 hours. The actual walking time is around 5.5 hours. Obviously the time it takes depends on your fitness level and experience.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is 19.4 km. The track ascends 766m from the start to the high point. The descent is 1126m to the finish of the hike. One of the reason the hike is so popular is most active people can complete the hike. Here's an article about how difficult is the Tongariro Crossing.
Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is free. The track is point to point so you need to organise a drop off and pick up. There are many shuttle companies offering this service. To help you select a quality shuttle company check out this article: How to choose an excellent Tongariro Crossing shuttle.
Most people hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing during the summer months of November through to April. For more information check out this article: When's the best time to do the Tongariro Crossing.
The Crossing can be hiked during winter if you have snow and ice alpine experience. If you don't you can go with a guide.
Discovery Lodge is the closest accommodation to the start of the Tongariro Crossing and operates the earliest daily shuttle.
“Chalet was very comfortable and with stunning views. Staff was very helpful. Definitely recommended for those who plan to make Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Shuttle went smooth and easy. They provide you with all necessary information before getting on the track ”