Tongariro Alpine Crossing weather forecast for the week ahead.
Tuesday 15 – Monday 21 September.
Weather forecast valid for midday at Red Crater.
Tuesday 15 September
Very strong westerly winds, rain, and snow above 1300m (Soda Springs). Avalanche risk is likely to be moderate above 1800m.
Wind: W 75 km/hr
Precipitation: 1 mm
Freezing Level: 2000m.
Wednesday 16 September
Very strong southwesterly winds, rain, and snow above 1300m (Soda Springs). Avalanche risk possibly considerable above 2300m.
Wind: NW 60 km/hr
Precipitation: 2 mm
Freeze Level: 1500m.
Thursday 17 September
Strong westerly winds and rain. Avalanche risk possibly considerable above 2300m.
Friday 18 September
Very strong southerly winds, rain, and snow above 1300m (Soda Springs). Avalanche risk possibly considerable above 1800m.
Saturday 19 September
Calm light southerly winds. A cold day but clear. Avalanche risk possibly considerable above 1800m.
Sunday 20 September
Calm light winds. Not so cold and clear. Avalanche risk possibly considerable above 2300m.
Monday 21 September
Calm light winds, not so cold maybe warm and clear. Avalanche risk possibly moderate above 1800m.
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.