The Tongariro National Park is the oldest National Park in New Zealand and is classed as a dual world heritage site as it has both national and cultural world heritage status. The Tongariro National Park was the location of Mordor in the movie trilogy The Lord of the Rings and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is heralded as the best one-day trek in New Zealand.
These are some of the reasons that thousands of people visit the national park each year, both from New Zealand and overseas. The popularity of the 19.4 kms track means that there are plenty of options for walkers who want to tackle the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. You can arrange to be dropped of at one end of the track and be picked up at the other side, you can walk the track as part of a guided walk or you can add on a side trip to the summits of Mount Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.
Whatever way you decide to experience the wonder and challenge of this volcanic environment there are some key things you will need with you to ensure that your trek is both safe and fun. These are the essential items you will need when you walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in spring, summer or autumn. The track is open in winter but it is recommended that only those who have experience in walking/hiking in alpine conditions attempt the crossing and do so with a guide.
Like any outdoor activity, when you are walking in the national park the weather can be unpredictable and conditions can change very quickly.
It is important that you take the following items with you for your trek:
By ensuring you have the right footwear and clothing for the environment you significantly reduce the chance of injury and potential ill effects from the weather such as sunburn. It is worth investing in clothing specifically designed for the outdoors, particularly if you plan on doing more walks in the future.
Cargo pants are a good choice for walking pants as they are loose fitting, have many pockets and are easy to clean. Some cargo pants have removable lower legs so you can convert them into shorts. This is a great feature and would be handy for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk as the weather can vary as you go through different parts of the trek.
Westland Workgear are a South Island business specialising in outdoor clothing and they have a range of cargo pants for men available that are perfectly suited to day walks such as the Tongariro Apine Crossing. Their multi-pocket cargo pants are available in a range of colours and are designed to be durable and long lasting.