Tongariro Alpine Crossing weather forecast for the week ahead

18 – 21 August. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Weather forecast valid for midday at Red Crater.

The weather is not looking good. Stay at home, put your feet up in front of the fire, and open that bottle of red!

Tuesday 18 August

Average at best. Moderate to high winds in the afternoon. Cloud increasing.

Wind: NE 45 km/hr
Precipitation: 0 mm
Temp: -3°C
Freezing Level: 2000m.

Wednesday 19 August

Tonariro Alpine Crossing weather rating poor

Strong winds and heavy rain all day.

Wind: NE 45 km/hr
Precipitation: 6 mm
Temp: 0°C
Freeze Level: 2200m.

Thursday 20 August

Tonariro Alpine Crossing weather rating poor

Might be ok in the morning but it is looking very windy and wet in the afternoon and evening.

Friday 21 August

Tonariro Alpine Crossing weather rating poor

Very windy and wet.

Pic of the week: Social distancing on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing on Saturday.

Track and weather conditions.

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is in winter snow conditions, which should last until mid October. Weather conditions in all New Zealand mountains are very changeable. Be prepared to experience low visibility, high winds and rain. The weather variability means you MUST HAVE good outdoor clothing and an understanding of what the weather will be like on the day in front of you. Our guides are fully experienced and qualified to make these decisions for you. Just ask. We have a shop with all the outdoor clothing needs to keep you comfortable and safe.

You are walking on an active volcano with the safest possible alert level of zero. However volcanoes can erupt at anytime without notice. Volcanic experts say that hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is vastly safer on our guided tour than driving a car.

Book a guided tour with Adrift Tongariro. We specialise in guiding those who have little to no hiking experience but have desire and a sense of exploration.

Winter Specials

Adrift Tongariro: Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter


Winter Special


Winter Special


2 people, 2 nights, and bubbles for 2 after your guided half-day walk!