Tongariro Alpine Crossing weather forecast for the week ahead.

1 – 4 September. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Weather forecast valid for midday at Red Crater.

Tuesday 1 September

Moderate westerlies. Cloud in the morning turning into light rain. Getting cooler during the day. Avalanche risk likely to be moderate above 2300m.
Wind: W 65 km/hr
Precipitation: 1 mm
Temp: -8°C
Freezing Level: 2200m.

Wednesday 2 September

Tonariro Alpine Crossing weather rating poor

A cold day with moderate south-westerly winds, rain, and snowfall all day. Snow above 1350m (Soda springs). Avalanche risk likely to be considerable above 1800m.

Wind: S 45 km/hr
Precipitation: 2 mm
Temp: -10°C
Freeze Level: 1500m.

Thursday 3 September

A very cold day with moderate southerlies easing and clear skies. Avalanch risk likely to be considerable above 1800m and possibly below 1800m for a while.

Friday 4 September

Morning cloud then fine. Light southwesterly winds. Avalanch risk likely to be moderate below 2300m, possibly considerable above 2300m.

Weekend long-range forecast:  Saturday is looking good and stable. Sunday may have some could and rain.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing today (above).

Above the clouds on Mt Ruapehu yesterday (below).

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!