Tongariro Alpine Crossing weather forecast for the week ahead.

8 – 11 September. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Weather forecast valid for midday at Red Crater.

Tuesday 8 September

Doesn’t get much better than this. Very light winds, clear skies, and not cold. Avalanche risk likely to be moderate above 1800m.
Wind: SE 5 km/hr
Precipitation: 0 mm
Temp: 4°C
Freezing Level: 3000m.

Wednesday 9 September

A very good day. Light to medium wind, clear then cloudy in the afternoon. Avalanche risk likely to be moderate above 1800m.

Wind: W 35 km/hr
Precipitation: 0 mm
Temp: -3°C
Freeze Level: 3100m.

Thursday 10 September

Moderate winds. There may be cloud especially in the afternoon with rain on its way by evening. The avalanche risk is likely to be moderate above 1800m.

Friday 11 September

Tonariro Alpine Crossing weather rating poor

Rain and cloud most of the day but clearing in the afternoon. Avalanche risk is likely to be considerable above 2300m.

Weekend long-range forecast: The long term forecast looks very very good for the weekend. Clear and calm!!!!

Photo:Tongariro Alpine Crossing on Friday.
Joined by the Nga Tapuwae O Taneatua Tramping Club (Eastern Bay of Plenty). 

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!