A First-Hand Experience of the Tongariro Crossing

Visiting the infamous carrot in Ohakune! Yes, those are ripped jeans...
Visiting the infamous carrot in Ohakune! Yes, those are ripped jeans…

The Tongariro Crossing. A walking trip definitely worth taking.

My husband and I decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary by doing an activity together. Nothing like a day hike to ensure that we do some bonding. We booked an Airbnb and drove down on the Saturday with a return planned on the Monday. Hurray for annual leave!

To be expected we had an early night and drove to the end of the track (Ketetahi Entrance) where we were picked up by a bus that took us to the start of the track.

Already pre-warned about the temperature (it snowed the day before!) I was still under-prepared. So, take it from me, here’s a list of everything that I didn’t take and needed: long leggings, beanie and gloves.

All ready to go! Grey L/S Top, Cheery Cardigan, Green Zip Fleece (out soon!)
All ready to go! Grey L/S Top, Cherry Cardigan, Green Zip Fleece (out soon!)

Prior to driving down from Auckland for the hike, when I heard that we had new Isobar coming out I grabbed Noemie, our buyer for this range and said, “Show me what you’ve got!”. So for the duration of the hike I tested out the Scoop Neck Short Sleeve Top in Black, the Coverup Long Sleeve Top in Grey and the Merino Zip Through Cardigan in cherry (plus the addition of my Michelle Bridges 3/4 leggings – similar).

All made from merino, so very warm and super soft! Traditionally wool is sometimes itchy because of its coarse fibers that push into your skin but Isobar merino fibers are lightweight so that they don’t irritate your skin so no itching or prickling. The best feature during the walk (given that I forgot my gloves) were the little thumb holes on the cherry cardigan. Practical and stylish.

My husband was a little bit suspicious of the cherry cardigan. Yes, it’s really bright but I loved how it’s such a stand out colour. If you’re going to hike you might as well do it in style.

The Tongariro Crossing itself: personally I thought it was really easy. We boosted through it in 6 hours. Along the way there were loads of different people walking; a family with a 6 month old baby, people with hiking sticks, a lady carrying a handbag and many others who took the hike at their own pace.

The beauty of the walk is that you can go at your own speed, there’s always people around so you feel safe, the scenery is stunning and of course who walk with helps!

Final thoughts: Amazing! My body was a bit sore for the next two days and I got a little bit sunburnt on my nose. No negatives, only positives! Completing it just reaffirmed that New Zealand is beautiful and it’s best to get out there and enjoy it.

MY PHOTO JOURNAL

Tongario Crossing: Just hanging around waiting for the bus to come pick us up!
Just hanging around waiting for the bus to come pick us up!
The best thing about the new Isobar range is that you can layer!
The best thing about the new Isobar range is that you can layer!
Start of the track! With Mount Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom) in the background
Take the Tongariro Crossing at your own speed. You can even eavesdrop on other people's conversations!
Take the Tongariro Crossing at your own speed. You can even eavesdrop on other people’s conversations!
Barely even done the track and already have stopped for a break. Wearing Tortoise Shell Sunglasses (similar)
Barely started the track and have already stopped for a break. Wearing Tortoise Shell Sunglasses (similar)
All of the nuts. The best: cranberry nut mix!
All of the nuts. The best: cranberry nut mix!


Perfect views... at this stage!
Perfect views… at this stage!
Cut to low clouds and chilly weather. My trusty waterproof jacket from UK comes out. You can check out waterproof jackets here though!
Cut to low clouds and chilly weather. My trusty waterproof jacket from UK comes out. You can check out waterproof jackets here though!
Now comes the hard slog... walking the long track down to Ketetahi carpark. It seems harder just because you can see where you need to go in the horizon.
Now comes the hard slog… walking the long track down to Ketetahi carpark. It seems harder just because you can see where you need to go in the horizon.
And then we get to see beautiful greenery and walk through that for a bit. Thanks Jared for taking these photos and sharing the experience with me!
And then we get to see beautiful greenery and walk through that for a bit. Thanks Jared for taking these photos and sharing the experience with me!

Have you done the Tongariro Crossing? What did you think? Have you done any other walks you can recommend? Let us know in the comments below.