Full-Day Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike
The track winds up the Mangatepopo Valley to the saddle between Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. It climbs to the Red Crater, then drops down to the vivid Emerald Lakes. After passing the Blue Lake, the track descends around the northern slope of Tongariro, then descends further in a zig-zag to the Ketetahi Hut. From the hut, the track continues down the mountain through tussock plains, then into the native forest to the end of the track.
There are a range of different transport options available to you. If you are staying in Taupo or Turangi there is a return shuttle service to your hotel and back. If you are just outside of these areas you can get a return shuttle from an i-SITE in in Taupo or Turangi. Hire gear is available on the bus in the morning.
Choose the Base Camp option if you wish to be picked up from our Base Camp and returned there after the hike. Base Camp is a secure car park in front of the Tongariro Holiday Park. Hire gear available in the bus.
Choose the Ketetahi option if you wish to be more independent. With this option, you’ll drive your car to the end of the track where we will meet you. From here we will take you to the beginning of the track where you can hike the entire track back to your car. This option allows you as much time as you want on the hike, however, gear is not available for hire.
Regardless of which option you choose, a map and information sheet will be provided to you to help you plan and prepare for your day. It will outline safety considerations and help remind you to look after the beautiful National Park during your hike.
- Map and information sheet
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
- GST (Goods and Services Tax)
- Entry/Admission - Tongariro Alpine Crossing
- Hire Gear
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions, or pregnant women
- Weather conditions can change, please dress appropriately
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Depending on the weather could be a bit hard, but it is really worth it.
The shuttle did exactly what they said they would do. Given that it seems difficult if not impossible to get to the start of the hike using your own car, this is a reasonablly priced service to facilitate the hike.
Pick up was on time we actually caught an earlier bus which was a huge bonus. The driver was great and the ride was safe and quick to the starting point. Pick up after the walk was disappointing as we waited 45 minutes and were exhausted so we just wanted to get to our vehicle. Looked like the company had several busses on the road so this was a bit surprising. A heads up that the finishing point of the walk is only a couple of KM's from where we were picked up, so if you wanted to walk it you certainly could back to your vehicle. The hike itself is fantastic and something you MUST do if visiting the area. Took us 6.5 hours at a relatively quick pace.
excellent trip, all worth it !!!
They picked up on time and the drop off too.
This was an excellent trip. Transport pick-up worked perfectly. The walk itself was wonderful, with a view into the volcanic crater itself as well as the spectacular volcanic scenery and lakes.