The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is regarded as the best one-day hike in New Zealand and is considered to be in the top 10 one day hikes in the world! It can be hiked in either winter or summer. The freedom hiking season runs from October to May. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a 6-7 hour hike with the opportunity of two side trips. Mt Ngauruhoe or Mt Tongariro. Both side trips you need to add another 3 hours to the duration.
During winter months, June to October, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing requires a guide. The snow level covers the track and markers. We highly recommend you checking in with us to check weather conditions no matter what the season is as the weather can change quickly and dramatically. Metservice
Moderate fitness is required. The track is well marked with toilet stops along the way. There is no water available on the track or any rubbish bins. It’s pack in pack out style of day. It’s important to organise transport prior to arrival as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a one way track.
Before leaving it is wise to check the Department of Conservation website regarding volcanic hazards. For further information call us at Plateau Lodge & Shuttles on 0800 861 861 or 07 8922993.
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You do not need to stay with us to use our transport
Tongariro Alpine Crossing Return Transport
6am, 7am, 8am, 9am, and 10.30am departures, returning at 3.30pm & 5pm.
$40 per person
Flexible One way
Depart from Ketatahi at 7am and 8am. You leave your car at the end of the track and we drive you to the start.
$30 per person
Due to the sometimes volatile volcanic landscapes, it is important to check with DoC for up to date mountain status and information.
Are You Prepared? You Will Need
- Day pack
- Wind breaker
- Gloves & warm hat
- Two warm tops
- Hiking boots/shoes
- Sun glasses and sunscreen
Shuttles are run by our sister company, Tongariro Crossing Shuttles.