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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Tongariro Alpine Crossing: Hike Trail Roundtrip Shuttle

1. 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 Alpine Crossing: Premium Guided Hike

2. 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.

Tongariro Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Tongariro National Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Hanna was an excellent tour guide who has been really positive, patient and encouraging for an inexperienced hiker like myself which has enabled me to complete the challenging dayhike safe and well. I couldn’t have done it without Hannah and the fantastic group i travelled with. Thank you Adrift - I would recommend this guided tour to my friends or anyone not used to long (7hr) challenging hikes if they are attempting Tongiraro the first time.

A very good organization for an expedition that was worth it!! The best hike of my life! Especially since if the shuttle hadn't been there, I don't think I would have done it because the weather at the meeting point was terrible, but once we got to the park, the sun was there! Best Souvenir Ever!

It was a great hike. Our tour guides were superb and the pace of hiking was excellent for moderate fitness level. Thank you for great experience. Amazing views. A must do - in NZ.

Shuttle pick ups and drop offs were brilliant. The hike itself is hard and mentally challenging, but completely worth is for the scenery.

You have to be well trained, Bit it is a Great joerney