Tongariro Alpine Crossing Experience

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Tour Summary

Immerse yourself with panoramic views of an ancient volcanic resting ground. The Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage site, celebrated for both its cultural and spectacular natural significance.

Tour Highlights

 

  • Thundering Huka falls

  • Lake Taupō 2.5 hour boat cruise

  • Beanbag seating on deck

  • Complimentary tea, coffee, and hot chocolate

  • Tongariro national park and alpine crossing experience

Tour Inclusion

 

  • Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

  • Free Admission at Huka Falls and Lake Taupō 

  • Admission & Self-Guided Tongariro Alpine Crossing Experience

  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttles (Return Transport)

  • Complimentary Breakfast & Packed Lunch at Tongariro National Park

  • Wi-Fi (At Tongariro) - 10GB/24 Hours

Tour Description

 

Day 1 - Huka Falls, Lake Taupō and Māori Rock Carving Cruise

 

Marvel at the breath-taking geothermal scenery, stunning waterfalls and World Heritage-listed forest reserves, as you drive from the south of Auckland located in the centre of New Zealand’s north island lies the largest freshwater lake in Australasia.

 

You will be amazed by the majestic Huka falls- an incredible waterfall that thunders 11m into the Waikato River below and boast the title of being New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction.

 

We then visit the Māori rock carving, by the way of a relaxing boat cruise, the only way to explore them. Take in the view from your unique perspective the water and learn all about the spiritual and cultural significance are from your knowledgeable skipper before arriving at the carvings, towering 14m above the waters of Lake Taupō.

 

 

Marvel at the breath-taking geothermal scenery, stunning waterfalls and World Heritage-listed forest reserves, as you drive from the south of Auckland located in the centre of New Zealand’s north island lies the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. A land of fire and ice, Lake Taupō, a stunning natural cauldron, is ringed by snow-capped mountains, and surrounded by geothermal ‘hot spots’, such as bubbling mud pools, fumaroles and hot springs.

 

Just in 10 minutes’ drive from  Taupō town centre, along a beautiful forest-clad road that passes the world-famous luxury resort, you’ll hear the Huka Falls well before you see them – it’s the sound of nearly a quarter of a million litres of water per second erupting from a natural gorge and thundering 11m into the Waikato river below. This incredible waterfall is the most-visited natural attraction in New Zealand – it’s hard to tear your gaze away from the endless, mesmerising torrent.

A popular attraction is the Māori rock carvings on the cliffs of Mine Bay. These can only be accessed by water so lake cruises are a great way to explore them. Towering 14 metres above the waters of Lake Taupō, the Māori rock carvings have become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the north island of New Zealand. If you want to sit back, relax, and explore the lake, going on one of our Taupō Māori Rock Carvings Lake Cruises is the best way to experience the best of Lake Māori. Cruise to the popular Māori Rock carvings while enjoying the inspiring scenery that unfolds around you. Learn about the spiritual and cultural significance of the area from the skipper and informative commentary. Sit by Lake Taupō and eat Fish And Chips. Or as the locals say Fush n’ Chups. Discover why Kiwis are so fond of this takeaway meal!

 

 

​The drive time from  Taupō town to Tongariro National Park is around an hour, or 20 minutes from Turangi. Nestled on the plains below the forest-clad Kaimanawa Ranges, Turangi is a basecamp for world-class fly fishing for trout on the pristine Tongariro River, and the gateway to the awe-inspiring beauty and adventure of the Tongariro National Park.

 

Day 2 – Tongariro Alpine Crossing

 

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is heralded as the best one-day trek in New Zealand and is regarded as among the top ten single-day treks in the world.  This is located in Tongariro National Park - New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site, rich in both cultural identity and dramatic, awe-inspiring natural scenery.

 

Trek across  an incredible 19km journey through volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts you will ever see — cold mountain springs, steaming vents, glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, alpine vegetation, an active crater lake, emerald-coloured lakes, all with stunning magnificent views combine to make this an unforgettable walking journey.

 

You’ve heard the stories, seen the pictures and now you are on your way to see for yourself. Tongariro Alpine Crossing experience yourself, why they talk about as one of the best one day walks in the world

 

This challenging trip begins at 1120m above sea level, climbs the Mangatepōpō Valley to the saddle between Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, through South Crater before climbing again to Red Crater, the highest point on the crossing at 1886m.

You will then descend on a volcanic rock scree track to the vivid Emerald Lakes, known as greenstone-hued lakes). After passing Blue Lake, also known as Rangihiroa (Rangihiroa’s mirror), the track sidles around the northern slope of Tongariro, then descends in a zigzag track past Ketetahi Shelter and down to the road end at 760m. 

 

The hike is 19.4km with an elevation gain of 786m and usually takes around 7 – 8 hours to complete. Conditions can change and make the hike more challenging but if you are prepared and have good guidance the walk is 100% achievable for most people!

Tour Requirements

Children aged 12 and above are permitted to this experience although they need a reasonable amount of fitness to complete the hike. The recommended start age for hikers on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is 10-12 years old. While some younger children may be able to complete the hike with no difficulty, others may tire and need to be carried. It is extremely difficult to carry a small child safely over the Crossing track as parts are quite rough and uneven.

 

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing should not be taken lightly and you must be properly equipped to undertake this walk. Children under 7 years of age are not permitted to travel with us due to unstable weather conditions through the year. Tongariro National Park can be subject to unpredictable weather, and conditions can change quickly. It is important that all walkers carry the essentials for their journey across.

  • A reasonable level of fitness is required

  • Allow 7-8 hours (a full day) for your hike - be prepared for a long and challenging day out

  • Strong, sturdy boots footwear (you will be trekking over uneven volcanic terrain)

  • Warm clothing layers: lots of layers.  woolen or polypropylene thermals and fleece, waterproof clothing, wind-proof raincoat and trousers

  • Take plenty of food and drink especially in the summer months

 
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