Explore Tongariro National Park
During summer, the dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park offers spectacular views of all three volcanoes and their deep red volcanic rock. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the beautiful Tongariro National Park!
Here at Plateau Lodge we know how, when and what to do in the area. On site we can organise shuttles for hiking & biking, store bikes & baggage and have free overnight car parking. We even have a hire store across the road open 3.00pm to 7pm 7 days of the week. Pop online and pre order your gear it can be dropped off at Plateau Lodge - which will help with your planning. Our biking facilities are bike storage in summer, wash down area, bike & cycle trail maps and local knowledge.
Tongariro National Park Hikes
From 15min walks to 1-4 day tramps in the Tongariro National Park: Local walks close by. Our favourites are Taranaki Falls, Ridge Walk & Tama Lakes, there are oodles of trails to suit all ages and abilities. For an unbelievable adventure suiting all abilities research SkyWaka travel 1.8kms into the ski up to 2020 meters. The Gateway to the Tongariro National Park is just a 9 minute drive away.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Truly one of the best hikes on the planet and is the main reason tourists come far and wide to see. From November to May the trek is free of snow and ice and can be hiked by yourself in one direction. Shuttles are a must to get to and from the end & beginning of the tramp. Download a Tongariro Alpine Crossing Brochure / Watch Tongariro Crossing. From June to October, snow and ice means alpine skills and experience are essential - it's best to go with guide or choose another track. We highly recommend our local Guided companies - Adrift Outdoors & Adventure Outdoors. Booking your huts/campsites and researching track conditions in advance is highly recommended. Due to the sometimes volatile volcanic landscapes, it is important to check current websites. See DOC website.
Mountain Biking & Cycle Trails
National Park Village hosts many biking trails, in fact some of the best to be found in New Zealand! Our favorites' are Marton Sash & Door & Fishers Track, both of these tracks leave from National Park Village/ Plateau Lodge. If you're looking for an adventure we highly recommend The Bridge to Nowhere - the only way out back to civilization is by Jet Boat- FUN!
Whether you have 3 hours free to 3 days- the Mountains to Sea Cycle website is a great site to research your biking journey. We are a biking family and have been on all the trails in our backyard, reach out and have chat to us! We can recommend tracks suitable for your timeframe and ability. Below are few links which will help you discover the perfect trail for your getaway to the Tongariro Park & Ruapehu Region.
E-Bike Hire - The Alpine Centre is directly across the road from us and hires out E Bikes & Tramping gear open from 3.00pm to 7.00pm Summer hours - (November to April ) Book online Winter hours - ( June to October ) Book online or walk in
Quad Bike Rides - Ruapehu Adventure rides
Get ready for the “Ride of Your Life!” Ideal for family, friends, groups and corporate events. Bookings are essential