Tongariro Crossing Weather Forecast

The below table shows the Tongariro Crossing weather forecast for the next six days. 

Please note that the weather can be unpredictable, and you should always check the forecast before you depart.

If you’ve booked a car park and shuttle, the car park team will email you the night before your crossing if the track is closed.

Tongariro Crossing Weather: What You Need to Know Before You Hike

The weather in the Tongariro National Park can be unpredictable and change quickly, so it’s crucial to be prepared for any conditions. Here’s what you need to know about Tongariro Crossing weather:

When Does the Crossing Close?

The NZ Department of Conservation (DOC) decides the night before if the weather is bad enough to close the crossing.  If it decides the weather is bad enough to close the crossing, DOC informs the car park provider, shuttle companies and information centres.

Shuttle operators are NOT permitted to operate when the crossing is closed.

Given the unpredictable nature of the weather, it is still very common for the Tongariro Crossing to be closed on some days during the summer.

How to Plan For The Weather

Our advice is to always allow more than one day for the crossing.  So, if weather closes the crossing on your first day, you have a reserve or back up day that you can still use.  Of course, that’s no guarantee you can still cross – but every year thousands (no exageration) miss out because they have no back up day 

Seasonal Weather Patterns

The Tongariro Crossing is open year-round, but the weather conditions vary greatly depending on the season. Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect -but as. mentioned above always check the forecast.

Summer (December-February)

Summer is the most popular time to hike the Tongariro Crossing, as the weather is generally warm and dry. However, it’s still important to be prepared for rain, wind, and sudden drops in temperature. Temperatures can range from 10-25°C (50-77°F).

Autumn (March-May)

Autumn is a beautiful time to hike the Tongariro Crossing, as the changing colors of the trees and vegetation provide a stunning backdrop. The weather can be cool and crisp, with temperatures ranging from 5-15°C (41-59°F).

Winter (June-August)

Winter is a challenging time to hike the Tongariro Crossing, as the weather can be harsh and unpredictable, and you will need a guide.  Snow and ice can cover the trail, making it more difficult and dangerous. It’s important to check the weather forecast and be prepared for cold temperatures, strong winds, and potentially snowy conditions. It’s worth noting that your guide will decide if it is safe enough to cross. Temperatures can range from -5-10°C (23-50°F).

Spring (September-November):

Spring can be a great time to hike the Tongariro Crossing, as the weather begins to warm up and the snow and ice start to melt. However, the weather can still be unpredictable, so it’s important to be prepared for any conditions. Temperatures can range from 5-15°C (41-59°F).

What to Wear

No matter what season you hike the Tongariro Crossing, it’s important to wear the right clothing to stay warm, dry, and comfortable. Read more on our what-to-wear page.

Safety Tips

The Tongariro Crossing is a challenging hike, and the weather can make it even more difficult. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind, but please do read the full article about safety on the crossing here.

  • Always check the weather forecast before your hike.
  • Bring plenty of water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized.
  • Stick to the marked trail and don’t venture off the path.
  • If the weather starts to turn bad, turn back and seek shelter