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Tongariro Alpine Crossing: Hike Trail Roundtrip Shuttle

Tongariro Alpine Crossing: Hike Trail Roundtrip Shuttle

Take the worry out of driving to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with a convenient roundtrip shuttle with morning pick and afternoon return shuttle transfers.   Enjoy one of the best one-day hikes in the world, which has received the honor of being rated the #1 one-day hike in New Zealand. Embark on a 6-8 hour hike that offers some challenging climbs and breathtaking views of the Tongariro National Park. If you want to hike at a slower pace, take an early shuttle in the morning and late shuttle in the afternoon, which allows for ample time to get through the trail comfortably.

Tongariro Crossing: Ketetahi Park and Ride Shuttle to Start

Tongariro Crossing: Ketetahi Park and Ride Shuttle to Start

Take on what has been rated the best one-day hike in New Zealand, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, at your own pace with a one-way shuttle bus to the start of the trail. Park your car in the parking lot where the hike finishes so you can depart in your own time afterward. No need to wait for another shuttle! Drive your vehicle to the Ketetahi Carpark area where you will be picked up and transferred to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing trailhead by the shuttle bus. Then, embark on a 6- to 8-hour hike that offers some challenging climbs and breathtaking views of the Tongariro National Park. Take the worry out of missing the bus in the afternoon while enjoying the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with a convenient single-trip shuttle to the trailhead. As the hike finishes back in the parking lot where you leave your car, you have maximum flexibility to go at your own speed. Our shuttle is either a 20 seat Toyota Coaster Bus fitted with Aircon and Seatbelts for maximum comfort or our smaller 8 seater 4wd Van.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing: Premium Guided Hike

Tongariro Alpine Crossing: Premium Guided Hike

Experience the landscape of Tongariro, peppered with different coloured and shaped craters that have been active at different periods, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs and brightly coloured emerald lakes on a 1-day trek.  In Summer, discover a majestic landscape of recent resultant volcanic activity. See how the vast array of colours and textures created from Sulphur, Aluminium, Silica, and many other mineral deposits released from within the Earth’s Crust. Follow your guide along alternative paths so you can escape the crowds whilst still experience the popular sights.  In Winter, enjoy the opportunity to walk through the magnificent snow-covered landscape without the summer crowds. No outdoor experience is necessary, all training and tuition are given on the day. Crampons and ice-axes are supplied by Adrift Tongariro for a fantastic alpine experience. Please note that reaching the Ketatahi end is not guaranteed. Safety regarding, weather, avalanche, ice and hypothermia are taken into consideration when securing the exact route for the day. Individual and group bookings are accepted. If you are travelling alone please book as the operator generally always meet minimum numbers, especially on good weather days.

From Taupo: Shuttle Transfer for Tongariro Alpine Crossing

From Taupo: Shuttle Transfer for Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Your day of adventure starts at first light with a scenic drive to Mangatepopo, the start of the Tongariro Alpine Hike. Your local guide will provide weather information, a map, and an information sheet before sending you on your journey. Your 20km hike follows spring-fed streams to the base of the Devils staircase. A steep ascent will reward you with your first views of Mt Taranaki and the breathtaking landscape. The hike continues past old lava flows, vast craters, and dramatic rock formations. You will cross the Red Crater Ridge to admire the Emerald Lakes, before descending to see the lakes up close. Your 6-8 hour hike comes to an end in Ketetahi car park where your shuttle will wait for you between 2-4 pm. A comfortable air-conditioned bus ride will take you back to Lake Taupo where you can enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Lake Taupo: Maori Rock Carvings 8.30 AM 1.5-Hour Cruise

Lake Taupo: Maori Rock Carvings 8.30 AM 1.5-Hour Cruise

Cruise through the crystal-clear, turquoise waters of Lake Taupo, taking in the vibrancy of Maori culture on a cruise. Explore the stunning surroundings of the lake while surrounded by rugged mountains and lush trees on the banks. As you glide through the lake on your deluxe Catamaran, you’ll come to a massive carving depicting the traditional facial tattooing of the Maori people. Inspired by centuries of rich Maori tradition, artist Matahi Brightwell carved the elaborate relief into the side of a cliff directly above the lake’s pristine waters in 1980. Depicting one of his grandmother’s ancestors, the carving represents a triumph of Maori artistry and the continued preservation of indigenous culture. At the end of the trip, you’ll head back to the dock to disembark.

Whakapapa Ruapehu Sky Waka Gondola : Shuttle Transport

Whakapapa Ruapehu Sky Waka Gondola : Shuttle Transport

Our shuttle will pick you up from the Park N Ride car park in National Park Village and take you directly to the Whakapapa Skifield on Mt Ruapehu to enjoy a day of snow play or sightseeing. Take the hassle out of your day by being taken to the top car park avoiding the need to look for a parking space and be safe in the knowledge that your vehicle will not need snow chains. A very good option for those not confident to drive on an unfamilier mountain access road during winter. The shuttle will take you up at the time you select and return you back to National Park Village later in the day. Return time is 3pm but may be changed on the day on request or by the driver dictated by weather conditions and availability.

Tongariro Self-Guided Audio Tour

Tongariro Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download a vibrant MP3 self-guided audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Explore the stunningly beautiful and popular area of Tongariro which is made up of 3 volcanic peaks. In this audio tour, learn about the volcanic activity and the craters that are found in the area like the Red, Central and North Crater. This 7-hour hike will tell you about Māori myths and legends as you walk along this legendary area that was also made famous by the filming of The Lord of the Rings. You will also see the Lower Mangatepopo Valley, Mount Ruapehu, Soda Springs, Upper Mangatepopo Valley, Ngauruhoe Summit, the Oturere Valley Lookout, the Emerald Lakes, Blue Lake, Lake Rotoaira with North Views, Ketetahi Springs, and the Totara Forest. Your tour. Your way.

21 Day Grand Kiwi Experience Small Group Tour

21 Day Grand Kiwi Experience Small Group Tour

Experience the majestic beauty of New Zealand's diverse landscapes on a 21-day adventure. Take part in unique local activities along the way and end your journey in the city of Christchurch. Day 1: Welcome to Auckland- Arrival at Hostel Welcome evening - Meet your Small Group Tour driver guide and fellow travelers Day 2: Auckland to Coromandel •Explore the stunning Cathedral Cove •Relax at Hot Water Beach by digging your own spa pool Day 3: Coromandel to Waitomo •Hike through the Karangahake Gorge •Admire the magical glowworm caves in Waitomo Day 4: Waitomo to Rotorua •Explore the lush Ruakuri Reserve •Spend the night in a Māori village, where you'll learn about local history and culture •Visit Hobbiton (extra) •Discover the town and lake in Rotorua Day 5: Rotorua Free Day •Immerse yourself in the history and culture at Te Pā Tū Māori Village Day 6: Rotorua to Taupo •Walk the scenic Huka Falls walkway •Soak under a waterfall or in the naturally heated rock pools at Spa Park Day 7: Taupo Free day •Today is at your leisure; feel free to explore; you can book one of the many optional activities online via the Trip Planner. Day 8: Taupo to River Valley •Walk the trail to Taranaki Falls •Spend the day at River Valley Lodge, nestled along the Rangitikei River •Taste an organic roast dinner Day 9: River Valley to Wellington •Take in the vibrant city vibes of Wellington, New Zealand's capital Day 10: Wellington Free Day •Today is yours to do as you wish! Day 11: Wellington to Kaikoura •Board a spacious ferry for a ride across the Cook Strait •Sip on some local wine in the Marlborough region •Visit the impressive Kaikoura seal colony Day 12: Kaikoura to Christchurch •Hike the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway •Admire incredible panoramic views of Kaikoura •Discover hidden gems of Christchurch on a city-street art trail Day 13: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo •Marvel at the stars in the Dark Sky Project •Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd Day 14: Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook •Spend the day inside the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park •Walk through the Hooker Valley track to Hooker Lake Day 15: Lake Tekapo to Queenstown •Feast on a buffet dinner with panoramic views of Queenstown at the Skyline Stratosphere Restaurant Day 16: Queenstown free day •Have the whole day to yourself and explore the wonders of Queenstown Day 17: Queenstown to Milford Sound •2 hour Milford Sound boat cruise Day 18: Queenstown to Lake Hawea via Wanaka •Take in views over Lake Wānaka from Roys Peak (weather dependent) •Visit the famous Wanaka tree Day 19: Lake Hawea to Franz Josef •Discover the Thunder Creek falls in Mt Aspiring National Park •Admire the famous mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook from Lake Matheson Day 20: Franz Josef •Design and carve your own Greenstone jewelry in a West Coast workshop •Take on a glacier walk Day 21: Franz Josef to Christchurch •Explore a variety of trails across Arthur's Pass •Walk the Castle Hill track •Stop at the Devils Punchbowl waterfalls

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Amazing. On-time pickup and enough time given to enjoy the full hike. Great safety advice in the beginning to make sure everything would be going well, especially when it comes to hiking the Tongariro Crossing in late autumn. One of the greatest experiences we've had in New Zealand.

Good trip, everything ran as smoothly as possible. Be aware if you are going you'll need to be back at the bus by 3pm at the latest but this shouldn't be an issue giving you 8 hours to complete the climb. Well worth it and saved tried legs from driving back to Taupo.

Picked up at the time of outbound transport, smiling driver who knew how to give all the important information. We didn't have to wait long for the return transport. good experience for us

I booked the shuttle for the Tongariro Crossing and everything worked well, we parked our car outside the traffic cones and that worked great. The driver was very friendly and funny.

Amazing Views,Instagramable. First time doing hike of 7 hours by myself. It's tiring and painful but the views. 😍😍😍