A popular day tramp in Tongariro National Park, the Tongariro Crossing is a 17-kilometre route which climbs from the Mangatepopo Valley (1,100 metres above sea level) to the South Crater between Ngāuruhoe and Tongariro, then to the high point of 1,886 metres at the Red Crater. The descent takes hikers past the Emerald and Blue lakes and the Ketetahi springs. This is the South Crater, with the Mangatepopo Valley in the distance.
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