Tama Lakes

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. Tama Lakes occupy six explosion craters, created around 10,000 years ago during an explosive eruption period. Beneath Ngauruhoe extend ancient ridges, survivors of glacial cycles that ravaged this area long ago.

Premium Shuttle Service at Affordable Price!

Premium Shuttle Service at Affordable Price!

TWO-way shuttle, from $38 NZD

We will collect you from your accommodation and transport you safely to Whakapapa Village and the start of the Tama Lakes track.

You should be hiking at 9.30am.

Departure back to Taupo/Turangi will be 3.15pm from outside the DoC Visitor Centre.

Please remember to reconfirm your booking by 6pm the day prior to your transfer to check on weather and track conditions.

This shuttle service includes free pick-up and return. Departures available from Taupo 8.00am and Turangi 8.45am.

Adult Taupo (was $59) NOW $45/ Turangi (was $49) NOW $38

Please note that this hike is not suitable for young children

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


We know the challenges the mountains offer and our experience will help overcome these.

The hike is approx. 17km long and will take up to 5 hours return (on same track) from Whakapapa Village. This hike is a great alternative to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and you will get some spectacular views across the Tongariro National Park. 

As a DOC concessionaire we take our responsibilities and your safety seriously. 

Be prepared!  You will need:

  • Warm, wet and windproof jacket and pants

  • Sturdy weatherproof hiking boots

  • Hat, Gloves

  • Water, snacks/food

We have hiking equipment available for hire including:

  • Anti-slip devices for your boots (slip over the soles of your boots to give you more grip in snow/ice)

  • Trekking poles

  • Hiking boots

  • Clothing

We pick up from most accommodation in Taupo and Turangi as well as a central pick up in front of the respective I-sites.
Please be ready and waiting at your chosen departure point at least 10 minutes prior to departure.

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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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
Great way to visit Tongariro
The pick up service was on time, staff very friendly and informative and the complimentary ice pops at the end of the hike were greatly appreciated! :)
— Olivia, Trip Advisor