NZ's Department of Conservation (DOC) is implementing an advisory system for 'bad weather days' on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing this summer walking season.
DOC will assess the weather and if necessary, apply a 'Not Recommended Today' advisory for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Tongariro Public Safety Senior Ranger Theo Chapman says the advisory will support visitors to make informed and safe decisions before they attempt this challenging 20km hike.
"Many track users are not experienced hikers, misjudge how challenging the track is and are often not appropriately dressed or prepared for changeable alpine weather conditions.
"The advisory will be implemented alongside other initiatives aimed at ensuring our visitors are safe and have a great experience.
"The initiatives include enhanced pre-visit information, safety signage at key decision points and Kaitiaki Rangers assisting hikers on the track," says Theo Chapman.
Signage will be posted at the start and end of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track, electronic signs will be installed on highways at both road ends, and a notice will also be posted at the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre.