Explore attractions around Taupo, Tongariro & Mt Ruapehu

Get to explore most unique natural phenomenas around Taupo, hike Tama Lakes in the world heritage Tongariro National park, ride on the newest Mt Ruapehu attraction - Sky Waka Gondola, that takes you up on an active volcano!

Premium Shuttle Service at Affordable Price!

Premium Shuttle Service at Affordable Price!


Sky Waka Gondola - a canoe in the sky, a carrier of people! Ride New Zealand’s newest and longest gondola through the Whakapapa Ski Area on Mt Ruapehu. Have lunch at NZ’s highest restaurant – Knoll Ridge Café. Snow play and spectacular scenery across the North Island’s Central Plateau.

Some of the cabins will even have glass floors so you can enjoy watching skiers and boarders underneath you!

Return shuttles starting at $38 NZD! (ex Turangi and does not include gondola passes)
Departures available from Taupo and Turangi

Check out Daily Reports for important updates on our shuttle services and weather conditions

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Enjoy views of two lakes that occupy old explosion craters on Tama Saddle between Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe! Some of the oldest lava flows on the slopes of Ruapehu and Tongariro can be found at the Tama Saddle.

This hike is a great alternative to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and you will get some spectacular views across the Tongariro National Park!

Return shuttles starting at $38 NZD!
Departures available from Taupo and Turangi

Check out Daily Reports for important updates on our shuttle services and weather conditions

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Relax and come with us as we take you around some of Taupo's most popular activities and scenic spots including: Aratiata Dam, Huka Falls, Orakei Korako, Wairakei Terraces Thermal Hot Pools, River Jet.

For people that have either done the Tama Lakes Hike, had a day on the slopes or want to undertake something less strenuous and see some of Taupo’s local attractions.

5-hour day tours starting at 99 NZD!



With over 35 years of working and playing in the mountains of Tongariro National Park, we understand and know what it takes to complete the best one day hike in New Zealand. Providing a direct service and multiple departures at the end of the day ensures we provide the greatest flexibility, and, are more affordable.

Don’t stress about driving and then finding a park. Don’t stand in queues!

Come with Adventure HQ Taupo - we will pick you up from your accommodation! We have local experienced drivers who know the area, who will show you what to do and where to go.

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Recent reviews of happy travellers

Pickup from our B&B right at time - nice driver - everything great! The company was very friendly and helpful in the beginning and also picked us up from our B&B accomodation. They drove safe and were helpful with some extra information. Great trip!
— Lisa, Trip Advisor
The driver was fantastic. Full of information and a true local. I would definitely recommend this company. It’s a small mini bus which is much nicer than the big buses.
— Suzanne, Bookme
Mt Ruapehu Snow Shuttle
Great family feel to a slick, professional service
Would definitely recommend this service. We were holidaying in Turangi and were looking to get up to Mt Ruapehu to the snow. There is a National Park Snow Shuttle but we chose Adventure HQ as they left Whakapapa at 3pm instead of 4.30pm. We felt that later time made for too long a day (leaving at 8.15am) with a 4yr old (Adventure HQ left Turangi at 8.45am).
There were great communications the evening before and on the morning of departure so we were completely clear on their expectations of us. When they picked us up (outside our accommodation - so convenient!) it didn’t feel like a business trip - more like we were getting a lift with a friend-of-a-friend or distant relative. If we’re there again they would definitely be top of the list if we were to consider a similar trip. Thank you very much!!!
— caterham7owner, Trip Advisor

Looking for a Group Booking?

Talk to us about a private or group shuttle for your adventure around the Central Plateau

We can offer you our experience and advice on all things big and small in our stunning region.

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