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it seems a bit expensive to go with a guide and with a group you cant take your time, take pictures and have to go at the group pace. is it worth paying for a group and guide or is it completly possible to do without. id say im moderate fitness and imagine the worst thing ever would be to go with a group and feel like im holding them back etc

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    Hey, In summer conditions with no snow the Tongariro Crossing is no problem to do without a guide, although you will still need to arrange transport from the far end of the track. In winter conditions, (as it will be now), a guided group is to be recommended unless you are an experienced mountaineer with all the necessary equipment. (Crampons, ice axe etc.) Generally the guided groups at this time of year provide crampons etc as needed, and more importantly an experienced assessment of conditions. I've done the crossing many times and in various conditions, and my best mate/climbing buddy worked guiding the crossing for a winter. The groups generally take their time, so you should have plenty of time to take some pics and enjoy the views. Bon Voyage Laura about 6 years ago

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    thanks for your answer. so when is it classed as summer over there?? is it opposite to the uk? ill be hoping to do it end of jan/ beginning of feb!!?? about 6 years ago

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    You don't know about the southern hemisphere but you're going there, right? about 6 years ago

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    yep guess your right!!!!!! cant all be experts at everything ey!! about 6 years ago

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    HI Laura, Yep, Jan and Feb will be high summer in New Zealand. You should check out the school holiday dates for NZ as they'll probably be the same as Australia where I am, and consequently, January is a very busy time. If you know this, you can book ahead for accom and tours such as this. about 6 years ago

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