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Tongariro Hiking Tour     ( (j F, Y) )

"Of all the guided trips I
"Of all the guided trips I've done in recent years, Walking Legends were definitely the best guides!"
The North Island
The North Island's most dramatic landscapes!
The famous Emerald Lakes on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing!
The famous Emerald Lakes on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing!
Explore unique volcanic landscapes
Explore unique volcanic landscapes
Mt. Ngauruhoe, or
Mt. Ngauruhoe, or 'Mt. Doom' in the Lord of the Rings
Complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in style
Complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in style
"Fantastic! Everything thought of for me...I just needed to walk and enjoy myself."
"Fantastic! Everything thought of for me...I just needed to walk and enjoy myself."
'Our guides were just the mix of encouraging and compassionate.'
Cosy, 3-star lodge accommodation
Cosy, 3-star lodge accommodation
Emerald Lakes, on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Emerald Lakes, on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Blue Lake, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Blue Lake, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
'I had no idea how unique the area was.'
'This is a hikers mecca.'
3.5 Days
(24 miles)
Depart Rotorua or Taupo
NZD$1000 per child
(15 years and under)

Tongariro Hiking Tour Summary

Experience the dramatic alpine and volcanic landscapes of UNESCO dual-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 of 8 or more
  • 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 Alpine Crossing on the best weather day!
  • Carry a day pack only
  • Includes: cooked or continental breakfasts, generous 2-course evening meals, trails snacks, hot drinks and crisp NZ wines and beers; return Rotorua or Taupo transport; 3-star hikers lodge accommodation with ensuites; hot pools; chairlift tickets; complimentary gear hire on request; experienced local guides

Tongariro Hiking Tour Full Itinerary

Day One: Arrive Central Plateau

Day Two: Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Day Three: The Old Coach Road & Mt Ruapehu

Day Four: Rainforest & Waterfalls

Questions & Answers


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.


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For the Tongariro Hiking Tour we stay in a 3-star hikers and skiers lodge in the heart of National Park Village with spectacular views of the Tongariro volcanic massif. Rooms are twin share with ensuite bathrooms. Private room upgrades (single supplement) is available on request for an additional fee.

The beautiful dining and lounge area is the perfect place for aperitifs with your small group of hikers after an exhilarating day outdoors. We dine in a range of different restaurants each evening, sampling a wide range of local flavours.



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

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

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.

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