Tongariro Alpine Crossing booking system now live

Bookings are now recommended for all visitors using any part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track.

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A new booking system for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is now live. However, there is no cost to book and the number of hikers will not be limited for the 2023/2024 season.

While visitors who turn up to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing without a booking will not be penalised, the Department of Conservation (DOC) is encouraging all visitors to book in advance for visits after 14 October 2023. 

Bookings are needed for those using shuttles and going on guided walks, DOC says. It also recommends bookings for all visitors using any part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track including:

  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing full and part track users
  • Te Araroa walkers
  • Soda Springs track users
  • Tongariro Northern Circuit runners
  • Mangatepopo Hut day visitors
  • climbers
  • tramping clubs
  • school groups.

Visitors who have a Tongariro Northern Circuit hut or campsite booking are exempt from booking through this system.

How to book

Tongariro Alpine Crossing bookings can be made by completing an online form on the DOC website, in person at a DOC visitor centre or through a walking guide or shuttle service.

DOC says the booking system is one of a range of changes to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing to better manage the pressures and strengthen cultural and heritage values in the area. 

The aim is to ensure the experience of walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing:

  • is sustainable and safe
  • respects the cultural significance of the area
  • protects the fragile environment.

According to DOC, visitor numbers are putting consistent pressure on the conservation and cultural values of the area, as well as the infrastructure. 

"These pressures include congestion, waste management, environmental damage and lack of respect for the cultural significance of Tongariro. By better managing these challenges we will better protect Tongariro for future generations," it states.

DOC also says the booking system will enable it to communicate with visitors to Tongariro directly to provide important information quickly.

Posted in Latest News on 04 October, 2023