Rating in New Zealand
$ 1114

Tongariro Hiking Tour

Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking
min $ 1114
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Rotorua, Tongariro National Park, Taupo
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 1114
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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

(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 accommodation with a glass of 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

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 elegant Ruapehu Restaurant.

Day Four: Rainforest & Waterfalls

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?

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.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Walking Legends
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