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Hiking Gear List

Be Prepared

Being prepared is your responsibility.  However, with over 20 years experience with travellers, we know that you do not always prepare for spontaneous adventures like the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For this reason we keep a range of gear on the bus so that if you have forgotten or simply do not have any items to make your day safer or more comfortable we can help you out.  This service is only available to those that are doing a return shuttle with us.  If you are doing a one way shuttle we do not see you in the afternoon to get the gear back.

We keep all of the below list on the main hire gear bus.  Once we get to the track you simply jump on the hire gear bus and sort and pay for what you need.  Please bring cash as there is no reception for processing cards.  We have a wide range of sizes

Here is a handy list of things to take with you.  In peak season lots of people do the crossing in good trainers.  However, if you want good ankle support and tread hiring our boots is a great idea.  

We like to say plan for four seasons in one day and you will be sorted.  Dress in layers so you can take them off and on as needed.  It can get very cold and very hot up there.  Take plenty of water.  At least 2l per person.

People celebrating at the top of the Tongariro Crossing

Gear List Available to Hire Available to Buy You Must Bring
Cramp-ons (Winter only)      
Fleece Pants    
Polar Fleece Top    
Hiking Boots    

Important Considerations for Visitors to the Tongariro National Park

Not all treks are created equal, especially those which feature hiking trails at elevation such as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Experts call it the ‘atmospheric lapse rate’ - put simply this means that as we rise from the Central Plateau (800 metres above sea level) to Tongariro’s highest point (the Red Crater at 1,886 metres) you can expect the circulating air will become an average of 10°C colder. 

This unexpected change in temperature is one of the leading reasons unprepared hikers can sometimes get into trouble on Tongariro.


For a variety of reasons, New Zealand’s sun is exceptionally harsh and can take international visitors by surprise. Tongariro Expeditions recommend hikers to be prepared with sunglasses, a hat/beanie, sunblock with an SPF rating of at least 50+ and plenty of water to counter symptoms of dehydration.


Unexpected winds have the ability to create cool, dry conditions, and for unprepared hikers on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing this can mean immediate danger.

As wind funnels through the mountains of the Central Plateau, it is important that visitors are prepared with a good-quality rain jacket which has substantial wind-breaking qualities. 


Local meteorologists estimate that more than half the days in every year bring rainfall to parts of the Tongariro National Park; with the heaviest rainfall reported during the months of June, July and August.

A waterproof rain jacket is an essential item for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and it pays to invest in a jacket which is breathable and wind-proof.

Purchasing a suitable jacket for trekking can be confusing (between weight, density and fabric content) - so if you find yourself without, you are welcome to arrange jacket hire with one of our friendly team members. 


We also recently received some great safety messaging from the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council, that we would like to share with you, please click on the link below

Your safety on the mountain is essential and by preparing yourself you will make your experience an enjoyable one - this will only take a few moments of your time but it is worth it!

tongariro alpine crossing gear list

Please note: Food and water must be organised prior to departure as there is nowhere along the track to purchase these items.

Gear for hire is not available to those using the one-way shuttle service.