Tongariro Alpine Crossing weather forecast for this weekend.

28 – 31 August. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Weather forecast valid for midday at Red Crater.

Friday 28 August

Cool light southerly winds turning westerly. Not much precipitation but there may be snow from halfway up Devils Staircase 1450m. Avalanche risk is likely to considerable above 1800m
Wind: W 40 km/hr
Precipitation: 0 mm
Temp: -10°C
Freeze Level: 1600m.

Saturday 29 August

Moderate northwesterly wind. Rain most of the day, too warm for snow. Avalanche risk is likely to be considerable above 1800m.

Wind: NW 25 km/hr
Precipitation: 2 mm
Temp: -7°C
Freeze Level: 1700m.

Sunday 30 August

Strong south-westerly wind increasing during the day. No rain. Avalanche risk is likely to be considerable above 2300m.

Monday 31 August

Very strong westerly wind. No rain but cloud may increase during the day. Rain the next day. Avalanche risk is likely to be moderate above 2300m.

Photos from yesterday on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

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!