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Tongariro Crossing and other Alpine Walks

The best one day hike in NZ and, just maybe, the whole world!

Let us take you on a journey to experience for yourself the world famous and spectacular Tongariro Alpine Crossing trek. This is a door to door service that will ensure you have one of the greatest days of your life!  Shuttles from Taupo, Turangi or Ketetahi.

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Premium Service - Return Shuttle from Taupo and Turangi

Our premium, door to door service includes pick up from your accommodation, transfer to/from the track, trekking pole, pants, jackets, boots, sunscreen, water and a thorough briefing on what to expect on your big day out.

All customers must be ready and waiting to go outside their accommodation 10 minutes prior to departure.

Departures from Taupo: $70 Adult, $35 Youth or Senior

  • 5.50 am

  • return to Taupo: 2.30 pm, 3.30pm and 4.30 pm (subject to change on a daily basis - depending on numbers etc)

Departures from Turangi: $50 Adult, $25 Youth or Senior

  • 6.45 am

  • return to Turangi: 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm (subject to change on a daily basis - depending on numbers etc)


Budget, No Frills One Way only Service

If you are on a budget and want more flexibility in your day we offer a one way only transfer from the finish point - Ketetahi to the beginning of the track - Mangatepopo - at 8.15am. These times may change due to demand, weather conditions and changes in daylight savings. Times will be confirmed when you call to book your seat.

The cost for this is $25pp. Seats are limited so book early.

FREE Parking is available on the roadside verge along State Highway 46. Refer to the map below.

These times may change due to demand, weather conditions and changes in daylight savings. Times will be confirmed when you call to book your seat.

Ketetahi Car Parking

The Dept of Conservation has implemented a 4 hour restriction for parking within the Ketetahi Car Park (finish point of the trek). Our customers may park on the roadside verge along State Highway 46. This is FREE parking. Please refer to our map - marked in yellow. There is also a picture that may help.

Regardless of where you are in the world, never leave your valuables unattended in your vehicle. NZ is a great country, but unfortunately we still get our share of ratbags. Always take your wallet and passport with you!

We recommend you arrive early, at least 15 minutes prior to departure, to sort yourselves out.

Caution is required when driving around this area, there is a high percentage of international drivers in close proximity, please do not be the person to stop in the middle of the highway to look at maps, take photos, make phone calls etc.

Patience and politeness is always good, if you are driving slowly, pull over and let the people behind you pass.

 SH46 park along the side of this road

SH46 park along the side of this road

 
 Wait for us by this sign on SH46

Wait for us by this sign on SH46

 Adventure HQ 1-way service Ketetahi Pick up location (click on map to enlarge)

Adventure HQ 1-way service Ketetahi Pick up location
(click on map to enlarge)

Mangatepopo Car Park


Bookings

All bookings need to be confirmed by phone (0800 247 800) 48 hours prior to departure so you can have the most up to date track and weather conditions and your pick up location and time will also be confirmed.

Credit card details are required to secure your booking if booking by phone.

Cancellation Policy

Being a weather dependent activity in an alpine environment on active volcanoes, we reserve the right to cancel at short notice if the conditions are unsafe to proceed. If we cancel, for safety reasons, we offer a full refund or an alternate date, your choice.

If you cancel more than 24 hours out you will receive a refund less an administration fee of 30% or an alternate date.

If you cancel within 24 hours you will be offered an alternate date but no refund.

We do realise that stuff happens that is out of your control and we will endeavour to make things right, we deal with these situations on a case by case basis to the relevant legislation.


Your Safety is our Priority

As a DOC concessionaire we take our safety responsibilities seriously. We have a duty of care for you.

Important!

We have been instructed by the Department of Conservation and Iwi that ascending to the Summits of Ngauruhoe and Tongariro is culturally disrespectful. Please refrain from this.

The bathing, washing, touching of water in the lakes, streams and springs is culturally disrespectful.

Do not defecate or urinate anywhere other than in the toilets provided.

It is illegal to fly drones or walk your dogs in the Tongariro National Park.

The playing of music so other can hear is inappropriate.

As concessionaires we have a license to operate on Department of Conservation land. This carries a level of responsibility for your safety and a duty of care for you whilst on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This we do by providing you with the most current and up to date weather, track and volcanic activity available to us and by adhering to the weather protocols as determined by the TACTAG user group. This group is made up of organisations, concessionaires and individual stakeholders. Eg Police, Department of Conservation and Land Search and Rescue. The collective knowledge and experience of this group is vast and comprehensive.

Ultimately, at the end of the day you are responsible for the decisions you make and it is your choice on how you want to use the information provided to you.

Our personal philosophy is that the individual is responsible for their own safety. Be prepared for all conditions, and you will have a great time.

We do not guarantee the weather.