Tongariro Alpine Crossing weather forecast for the week ahead.

Friday 27th November – 4th October. 
Weather forecast valid for midday at Red Crater.

Friday 27 November

Tonariro Alpine Crossing weather rating poor

Not cold. Cloud and light rain all day with a strong southwesterly wind. Avalanche risk moderate above 2300m.
Wind: W 60 km/hr
Precipitation: 0 mm
Temp: 1°C
Freezing Level: 3500m.

Saturday 28 November

A cool, cloudy day with rain/sleet then maybe clearing. Very strong southerly wind. Avalanche risk moderate above 2300m.
Wind: N 60 km/hr
Precipitation: 0 mm
Temp: 0°C
Freeze Level: 2500m.

Sunday 29 November

Tonariro Alpine Crossing weather rating poor

Cloudy with showers and very strong westerly winds all day. Avalanche risk moderate above 2300m.

Wind: NW 60 km/hr
Precipitation: 1 mm
Temp: -7°C
Freeze Level: 3000m.

Monday 30 November

Tonariro Alpine Crossing weather rating poor

A cool day with a freezing level of 3000m. Cloud, rain, and very strong winds all day. Avalanche risk possibly low below 2300m.

The long-range forecast below is most likely to change somewhat.

Tuesday 1 December

Warm. Fine, then late afternoon there may be heat cloud bursts with light winds. Avalanche risk possibly low below 2300m.

Wednesday 2 December

Cool. Fine at first then westerly winds strengthen after lunch. Possibly low below 2300m.

Thursday 3 December

Tonariro Alpine Crossing weather rating poor

Cold. Rain and strong winds at first then easing late afternoon. Avalanche risk possibly low below 2300m.

Friday 4 December

Cool. Might clear in the morning but strong winds, improving in the afternoon. Avalanche risk possibly low below 2300m.

Saturday looks excellent!!

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.

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