A reasonable level of fitness and agility is required for this tour. Walkers need to carry a daypack containing lunch, drinking water and warm clothing for at least 4 hours a day. Track surfaces vary from well-formed paths to rough terrain broken by tree roots, rocks and loose scree. A higher level of fitness is required to undertake the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is a strenuous hike of 7-8 hours, with a climb and descent of around 1000 metres through an alpine environment, sometimes crossing patches of snow or ice. Our guidesgive a comprehensive safety briefing on this particular track the evening before the trip and if you felt any walk was beyond your comfort level, there is an option of doing shorter hikes or relaxing at the lodge for the day instead.