Tongariro Midwinter Moonlight Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, hailed by many as the “greatest one-day tramp in New Zealand”, and even “one of the best in the world”, is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. The 19.4 km trail sees 60,000 people each year; over 1000 per day at the more popular times. I’ve personally walked the trail twice, but done parts of the track on at least five different occasions, and can see why it is so popular – the scenery is amazing, not too strenuous, and simply a great place to spend a day or two.

Just over three years ago, a friend suggested hiking the crossing in the middle of winter, overnight, under a full moon. Ever since, we’ve been looking out for a suitable opportunity: great weather, full moon, lots of snow and low avalanche danger. Unfortunately, these opportunities don’t come around often. But a few weeks ago, everything fell into place. Continue reading