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Tongariro Hiking Tour

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"Of all the guided trips I
"Of all the guided trips I've done in recent years, Walking Legends were definitely the best guides!"
Mt Ruapehu active crater lake
Mt Ruapehu active crater lake
Looking over the volcanoes of the North Island from Mt Ruapehu
Looking over the volcanoes of the North Island from Mt Ruapehu
Emerald Lakes, Tongariro Crossing
Emerald Lakes, Tongariro Crossing
Blue Lake, Tongariro Crossing
Blue Lake, Tongariro Crossing
3.5 Days
40km
(24 miles)
Depart Rotorua or Taupo
NZD$1650
NZD$1000 per child
(15 years and under)
Moderate

Tongariro Hiking Tour Summary

Experience the dramatic alpine and volcanic landscapes of World Heritage Area Tongariro National Park, with a small group and experienced local guide. Hike the unforgettable Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Significant cultural heritage combined with arid badlands, crater lakes, sparkling rivers, breath-taking lunar landscapes, native beech forest and alpine meadows - this New Zealand hiking tour is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!

  • Pick-up Rotorua 1:30pm or Taupo 2:30pm
  • Join a small group, or have an exclusive tour for your own group
  • 3.5 days / 3 nights all-inclusive New Zealand hiking tour
  • 4-8 hours hiking each day over varied and rocky terrain
  • Hike the Tongariro Crossing on the best weather day
  • Carry a day pack only
  • Includes: meals, snacks and wine; return Rotorua or Taupo transport; 4 star historic hotel accommodation; hot pools; chairlift tickets; raincoats & day packs; experienced local guides

Tongariro Hiking Tour Full Itinerary

Day One: Arrive Central Plateau

Dusk Chateau

(Dinner)

Pick-up from Rotorua central or airport approx 1:30pm, or Taupo 2:30pm.

Arrive in Tongariro National Park and become acquainted with the area and your guide with a short walk. Settle in to your historic, 4-star accommodation with a glass of world-class New Zealand wine, while the sun sets over the impressive Tongariro volcanoes.

Relish a delicious New Zealand-style restaurant meal while you get to know the other members of your small group. Retire to a cozy bed and hot shower, ready to tackle the world's best day hike tomorrow - the Tongariro Alpine Crossing!

Day Two: Tongariro Crossing

old man at the top

7-8 hours walking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing - known as the best one-day walk in New Zealand and possibly the world. A challenging hike leads through stunning volcanic landscapes, past steaming craters, quirky coloured lakes and impressive dome volcanoes. Fantastic views over central North Island. Fair weather and a good level of fitness are required to undertake this hike. 

If conditions allow we will have an early start on the track, so we can enjoy the pre-dawn solitude of the mountains and watch the sunrise over the volcanoes – a truly magical experience!

Lonely Planet recommends a walk amidst the Tongariro Volcanoes as "a life-changing experience not to be missed!" Your guides make this unforgettable hike even more memorable by sharing their local knowledge, setting a relaxed pace, and providing a well-earned celebratory drink and snack at the end of the track.

Return to our lodgings to soak your weary muscles in the hot plunge pool, before having a casual pub dinner with the locals.

Day Three: Mt Ruapehu

5 hours walking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Travel around the southern side of Mt Ruapehu to experience some of New Zealand’s rail history on the Old Coach Road trail. Between 1906 to 1908 the road was used to carry passengers and goods by horse and coach, between two railheads on the main trunk line.  

Heritage features on the trail include a unique cobbled road, massive steel viaducts, a curved tunnel, railway bridge remains, and old campsites. The 15km walk takes around 5 hours, and also passes through some beautiful stands of native forest with sweeping views across the district.

If conditions allow we will explore the dramatic, rock-strewn landscapes higher up Mt Ruapehu. At 2797 metres above sea level, the North Island’s highest mountain offers jaw-dropping views over the National Park with various hiking options or catch a chair-lift up to NZ’s highest café. Tonight we enjoy a final celebration dinner in The Chateau's quaint Pihanga Cafe.

Day Four: Rainforest & Waterfalls

L350 Lake Rotopounamu Ruapehu Destination Lake Taupo

3-4 hours walking (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast we pack up and explore more of Tongariro National Park with a walk to the Taranaki Falls. Tumbling 20 metres over the edge of an old lava flow, which erupted from Mt Ruapehu 15,000 years ago, the falls plunge into a boulder-ringed pool. The track passes through an interesting range of alpine meadows and beech forest, with spectacular views of the mountains.

Then hike around the glistening Lake Rotopounamu, which is nestled in the side of an old volanic mountain and totally fringed with lush forest. Walking Legends support an eco trust that are working to restore the native birdlife to this special area.

Drop off in Taupo approx 4 - 5pm or Rotorua 5 - 6pm.

Questions & Answers

Fitness?

A reasonable level of fitness and agility is required for this tour. Walkers need to carry a daypack containing lunch, drinking water and warm clothing for at least 4 hours a day. Track surfaces vary from well-formed paths to rough terrain broken by tree roots, rocks and loose scree. A higher level of fitness is required to undertake the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is a strenuous hike of 7-8 hours, with a climb and descent of around 1000 metres through an alpine environment, sometimes crossing patches of snow or ice. The guide will provide advice on fitness and weather conditions. There is an option of doing shorter hikes or relaxing in the lodge instead.

Accommodation?

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For the Tongariro Hiking Tour we stay in a 4-star historic hotel set spectacularly against Mt Ruapehu, in the heart of the National Park. Private ensuite rooms on twin/double basis. Single supplement available.

The beautiful dining and lounge area is the perfect place for apperitifs with your small group of hikers after an exhilirating day outdoors. We dine in a range of different restaurants each evening.

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Departures?

The Tongariro Hiking Tour departs once a week (usually Tuesday afternoons) between November to April. Pick up from Rotorua or Taupo is included, or you can self-drive to the lodge or catch the train from Auckland or Wellington.

Additional walks depart over holiday weekends, such as New Years Eve and Easter Weekend.

Check out our Walk Calendar.

If none of these dates suit please contact us, we may be able to add more departures, and offer exclusive trips for groups.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Yes - we take a $300 deposit, per person, per walk at the time of booking. We use this deposit to pay for things like accommodation bookings at peak times. The remaining balance is due 1 month before departure, we'll send you a friendly reminder in advance! 

 

Credit cards and I do not get along. Can I pay by other means?

Absolutely, we also accept payment via online banking. When you book you will receive a booking confirmation email that contains our direct debit information. 

Life has other plans for me - I need to cancel my holiday! Can I get my deposit back?

We completely understand that sometimes the best laid plans go to waste. All is not lost! We can simply transfer you to another date of your choosing. There is no expiry date on transferring your deposit - you can use it anytime in the future! 

If transferring just isn't going to work for you we'll refund your money. The amount we can refund is determined by when you cancel your booking. Click here for our full terms and conditions, or email cathy@walkinglegends.co.nz.

Should I bring cash with me on the tour?

It's not essential, but it's a good alternative for when the electronic payment (EFTPOS) system we use in New Zealand is not working.

Our tours are all-inclusive and we'll take really good care of you but you may wish to treat yourself to an extra coffee or a real fruit ice cream when the opportunity arises! It's good to have a small amount of cash in your pocket to take care of this. 

We offer a glass of wine or beer with dinner. Additional drinks can be purchased on all our tours, with the exception of the Lake Waikaremoana Guided Walk. 

 

Can I bring a suitcase?

Yes, we are suitcase-friendly! On our lodge-based tours (Coromandel Explorer, Great Barrier Island Escape, Tongariro Hiking Tour, Waikaremoana Discovery Tour) we stay in the same lodge each night so there’s no stressful re-packing each morning. All you need is a small backpack while you’re on the trail, so pop one of those in your suitcase and you’ll be all set! 

 

I'm driving myself to the departure point, where can I park my car?

We pick up in the following locations; Rotorua, Turangi, Taupo, Whakapapa Village and National Park Village. If you are self-driving, it's best to choose accommodation in any of these places that is happy for you to leave your car in their parking lot while you are out on the trail with us. We will happily drop you back to your car after the walk. If you're taking a different route please check with our reservations team - we will help you find the best solution. Just send an email to cathy@walkinglegends.co.nz.

I am travelling alone, who will I be sharing a room with?

The accommodation on our tours is based on twin share. If you'd prefer to have your own room, please select the single supplement option in the online booking form. This will ensure you have a room to yourself. If you're happy to share, you will be placed in a twin room with another adventure-buddy of the same gender in separate beds.

Will I need something nice to wear in the evenings?

You’re on holiday after all, so why not!? Our lodge-based tours visit a local restaurant for an evening meal each night, so it’s a good idea to have something nice to wear out to dinner. They’re not super formal occasions, so you could say the dress code is smart casual. Gents – no ties or dinner jackets required, but covered shoes are a good idea. Ladies – comfortable footwear is advisable, but not enforced. Jeans and sports shoes are okay.

I have a specialty diet - can you cater for me?

Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty diets, we appreciate as much advance notice as possible. If we don't receive adequate advanced notice, we may not be able to fully cater for dietary needs as we sometimes operate in an extremely isolated environment and it is not always possible to access specialty foods. Please ensure you advise us as early as possible if you have dietary requirements.

Talk to Cathy

0800 WALK NZ
Overseas phone +64 7 533 3157
email us: info@walkinglegends.com

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