Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttle Options - Tongariro National Park

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    All pick up times need to be confirmed the day prior by calling our office 07 3770435, Taupo 5:30am or 6:20am, Turangi 6:15am or 7:10am, Base Camp 6:45am or 7:45am, Ketetahi 6:30am, 7:30am, 8.30am, Tr.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    WMM8+RQ Otukou, WMM8+RQH Otukou, Waikato, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


We are an experienced shuttle service providing transport for visitors to and from the Tongariro National Park for more than 20 years.

Characterised by ancient volcanic scenery, spectacular skylines and local Maori legend, this World Heritage Site also features one of the best day hikes in the world.

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing spans 19 kilometres along the active Tongariro Volcano in New Zealands Central Plateau, offering visitors a thrilling journey through some of the countrys most unique landscapes.

With more than 20 years experience living and breathing the Tongariro lifestyle, the team at Tongariro Expeditions understand this unique alpine environment better than most. Alongside our Tongariro Alpine Crossing shuttle services, we also offer gear hire, gear for purchase, information, mapping and comprehensive weather advice.


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

Often described as one of the best day hikes in New Zealand, this tour provides an opportunity to experience some of the most scenic and active volcanic areas of the park. It takes 6-8 hours to do the main track. The extra optional side summit of Mt Ngauruhoe is 2 hours and Mt Tongariro is 1.5 hours.

The track winds up the Mangatepopo Valley to the saddle between Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. It climbs to the Red Crater, then drops down to the vivid Emerald lakes. After passing the Blue Lake, the track descends around the northern slope of Tongariro, then descends further in a zig-zag to the Ketetahi Hut. From the hut, the track continues down the mountain through tussock plains, then into the native forest to the end of the track.

There are a range of different transport options available to you. If you are staying in Taupo or Turangi there is a return shuttle service to your hotel and back. If you are just outside of these areas you can get a return shuttle from an i-SITE in in Taupo or Turangi. Hire gear is available on the bus in the morning.

Choose the Base Camp option if you wish to be picked up from our Base Camp and returned there after the hike. Base Camp is a secure car park in front of the Tongariro Holiday Park. Hire gear available in the bus.

Choose the Ketetahi option if you wish to be more independent. With this option, youll drive your car to the end of the track where we will meet you. From here we will take you to the beginning of the track where you can hike the entire track back to your car. This option allows you as much time as you want on the hike, however, gear is not available for hire.

Regardless of which option you choose, a map and information sheet will be provided to you to help you plan and prepare for your day. It will outline safety considerations and help remind you to look after the beautiful National Park during your hike.


Map and information sheet


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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions, or pregnant women

Weather conditions can change, please dress appropriately

Infants must sit on laps

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Scan in requiredAll staff fully vaccinated

Traveler Reviews

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  • 03-Jan-2023

    Excellent service..!!! After bookings, I got exact location link for pick up to avoid any confusion which is very helpful. Note: please follow the timeline they mentioned in email as group 7 people left behind as a round we waited for 5 minutes.

  • 13-Dec-2022

    On time, very efficient and excellent bus driver who gave succinct instructions and tips, would definitely recommend!

  • 08-Nov-2022

    Friendly and the service was fully in line with expectations. On time and gave additional practical advice on the walk.

  • 06-Nov-2022

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is very Beautiful Trail, a LOT of WC around the Trail. The Red Crater is lovely… but strong. The Emeralds Lakes and the Blue Lake very nice. The descent is long and we arrived tired 😱😱

  • 17-Apr-2022

    Friendly driver and easy way to get to the start of the walk. Communication was good. Highly recommend

  • 17-Apr-2022

    Lovely staff with great service. Picked up on time. It is worth every penny we spent. 5 out of 5 stars :)

  • 04-Apr-2022

    The shuttle left 15mins tea earlier than the scheduled time. The driver obviously didn’t do a roll call and just left even though we had checked in early then went back to our vehicle to lock up etc

  • 05-Mar-2022

    All went absolutely perfect. Punctual, efficient, nice. We even left early once the everybody was in with no unnecessary waste of time.

  • 22-Mar-2021

    Excellent one way service from Ketetahi to Mangatepopo for the TAC. I booked last minute and the emailed information for where to go and arrival time was spot on. Friendly and informative staff. Will use this service again.

  • 18-Oct-2020

    Bus driver very informative and chatty. Gave advice on walking the track. Bus left slightly early as everyone had arrived so no pointless sitting around. One of the first companies offering this in the region so great to support them

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