Hiking the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand

Hiking the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand

Whilst in New Zealand I wanted to challenge myself. However, I didn’t want to do something that would cost a lot of money, like skydiving (although I really did want to do this!), or something that would actually terrify me, such as bungee jumping. So what better thing to do than go on one of the longest hikes I’ve ever done and do it IN THE SNOW?

So I signed up to do the…



Okay, okay, so I didn’t plan for the snow. But it did add a whole new dimension to my challenge. For one thing, I don’t particularly like the snow (it’s cold and wet) and secondly, I REALLY don’t like going downhill. Not on a bike, not running, and especially not in snow on the side of a mountain.

In fact, I hated it so much that it took me about half an hour to go down the side of the mountain in the snow desperately trying not to fall over whilst other people just confidently slid all the way down.

But I did it.

And I am so glad that I did. The Tongariro Crossing is absolutely spectacular and one of the best one day hikes I have ever done. And this is a bold statement BUT I think that the snow made it. Everything just looked so pretty. And because of this, I wanted to share my photo journey with you.




It was a long climb up…



Finally at the top of the Devil’s Staircase! I’d never been in snow THIS deep before…



Loving life in the snow…



A few more stunning photos of the landscape:







The beautiful Emerald Lakes.




The dreaded slope of snow…



A few more photos of my journey:




I always looked forward to these little signs…



Active volcano! (Which erupted two days later…)



On the way back down…





Despite the fear that overtook me on that dreaded slope of snow, I am so so glad that I pushed on and finished this hike. It is without a doubt one of the hardest days of walking I have ever done but it was one hundred percent worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat if I make it back to New Zealand one day!


So, what do you think… is this the best day hike in New Zealand?



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Disclaimer: This post was written way back in June 2013 when I was still on my year abroad in Australia. I recently rediscovered my old blog and wanted to keep some of the more memorable posts so I will be replicating them on this blog – because good memories are fab. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed finding them again!


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  • You can say that again! But hey, it all adds to the challenge haha. It did look stunning in the snow though :) Thanks for your comment!