Key advice for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing:
■ If you’re in a group, start together, stick together, finish together.
■ Train properly — walking around town is insufficient training for a mountain crossing.
■ Seek local advice — visit the local DOC office and the i-Site visitor centres at Tu¯ rangi or Taupo¯ for the latest updates.
■ Check the forecast.
■ Dress for a mountain tramp and take the right gear — check doc.govt.nz or with a transport operator for what’s suitable.
■ Be sure of your transport arrangements — pickup time, what happens if you turn back.
■ If you are a novice, go with a guide or somebody who knows what they’re doing.
■ Don’t bite off more than you can chew — be prepared to turn back if you’re struggling or the weather deteriorates.
■ Stay on the track.
■ Enjoy your day — don’t spoil it by taking unnecessary risks.