Tongariro Alpine Crossing weather forecast for this weekend.

4 – 7 September. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Weather forecast valid for midday at Red Crater.

Friday 4 September

Light westerly winds and comparatively warm with mostly clear skies. Avalanche risk likely to be moderate above 1800m.
Wind: W 15 km/hr
Precipitation: 0 mm
Temp: -1°C
Freeze Level: 2500m.

Saturday 5 September

Moderate westerly winds and comparatively warm. Cloud is increasing during the afternoon and there may be drizzle in the late afternoon. Avalanche risk is likely to be moderate above 1800m.

Wind: W 30 km/hr
Precipitation: 0 mm
Temp: -8°C
Freeze Level: 2700m.

Sunday 6 September

A cool day with strong westerly winds. There will be rain most of the day, heaviest in the afternoon, and snow possibly above 1800m. The avalanche risk is likely to be moderate below 1800m.

Monday 7 September

A cold and clear day with clear skies especially in the afternoon. Strong southerly winds easing. The avalanche risk is likely to be moderate below 1800m.

Tuesday is looking excellent with clear skies. It will be a cool day with light westerly winds. The avalanche risk is likely to be moderate above 1800m.

Photo: Start of the hike briefing on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing this morning. Guide Kenny is explaining to the group what to expect during the ascent to Red Crater, distances, and how long the total hike may take.

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!