Tongariro Alpine Crossing weather forecast for this weekend

21 – 24 August. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
Weather forecast valid for midday at Red Crater.

Friday 21 August

Tonariro Alpine Crossing weather rating poor

Cloud, rain and strong westerly wind forecasted all day.

Wind: W 70 km/hr
Precipitation: 19 mm
Temp: -9°C
Freeze Level: 1900m.

Saturday 22 August

Some cloud with light drizzle. Moderate northwesterly wind improving during the day.

Wind: W 25 km/hr
Precipitation: 1 mm
Temp: -6°C
Freeze Level: 1900m.

Sunday 23 August

Strong northerly winds. Cloudy in the morning deteriorating to rain during the day.

Monday 24 August

Rain most of the day. Moderate westerly winds.

Pic of the week: On top of the world at Mt Ruapehu

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!