Tongariro Alpine Crossing weather forecast for the week ahead.

25 – 28 August. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Weather forecast valid for midday at Red Crater.

Tuesday 25 August

Tonariro Alpine Crossing weather rating poor

Moderate to strong southwesterly winds all day. Snow above 1500m (South crater). Avalanche risk maybe considerable above 1800m on east aspects.
Wind: W 35 km/hr
Precipitation: 6 mm
Temp: -9°C
Freezing Level: 1700m.

Wednesday 26 August

Light to moderate southerly. Light snow above 1100m (start of the track ). Weather improving in the afternoon. Avalanche risk maybe considerable below 1800m on north and east aspects.

Wind: W 20 km/hr
Precipitation: 0 mm
Temp: -8°C
Freeze Level: 1400m.

Thursday 27 August

Moderate south-westerly winds all-day. Rain developing in the afternoon and snow above 1100m (start of the track). Avalanche risk maybe considerable below 1800m on north and east aspects.

Friday 28 August

Light westerly winds in the morning increasing. Rain developing in the afternoon or snow above 1500m (south crater ) Avalanche risk maybe considerable below 1800m on north and east aspects.

Photos from yesterday on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Winter is well and truly still here on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and there is a new blanket to explore. Thanks to the group who braved the conditions yesterday to join us. It was extremely gratifying that the weather improved and the actual avalanche risk was low which enabled us to continue to the end at Ketetahi.

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!