Crossing opens after eruption

21:16, Oct 16 2012

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing will reopen on Friday, following its closure due to an August eruption.

On August 6 this year, Mt Tongariro erupted, sending an ash plume over the central North Island towards the Pacific Ocean, grounding planes in Rotorua, Taupo, Gisborne and Palmerston North.

The Department of Conservation closed the popular Tongariro Crossing and other walks.

While some tracks since reopened, the Department has now announced the Tongariro Alpine Crossing will open on Friday.

While the track had been repaired it was soft and rocky in places.

Trampers also had to be mindful during winter conditions with snow cover and avalanche conditions remaining on many high parts of the track.

Access would be restricted in a 1km hazard zone around the Te Maari crater.


Fairfax Media