TONGARIRO HIKING TOUR

Experience the dramatic alpine and volcanic
landscapes of Tongariro National Park, a unique
Dual World Heritage Area.

  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • IMPORTANT INFO

DAYS

3.5

KM

40

MILES

24

DIFFICULTY

4/5

ACCOMMODATION

Lodge

PRICE

$1650

Under 15 yrs 1000 NZD

WALKING SEASON

Nov-Apr

WALKING 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

“So memorable, wonderfully executed!”

Jill M

“A majestical experience! From the get-go, the organisation was impeccable.”

An unforgettable alpine adventure Experience the dramatic alpine and volcanic landscapes of Tongariro National Park, a unique Dual World Heritage Area.

DAY 1

Arrive Central Plateau

We’ll pick you up from Rotorua City or the Rotorua Airport between 1.00pm and 1:30pm, or central Taupō at 2:30pm, and head south through the North Island’s geothermal heartland, around the North Island’s largest lake; Lake Taupō, and up onto the mighty Central Plateau. We can also meet you in Tongariro National Park if you prefer, please just ask us for driving directions.

We like to stretch the legs and get to know each other with a short, orientation walk to an easily accessed waterfall before we settle into our cosy accommodation. We head next door to a friendly local pub for a hearty, 2-course meal and a cold glass of something to toast the beginning of our Tongariro adventure as we watch the sun set over the magnificent volcanic skyline.

DAY 2

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

This morning we’ll set off on one of the world’s greatest one-day hikes, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This trail leads us through an incredible variety of ethereal landscapes – lava fields, emerald coloured crater lakes, steaming vents, alpine meadows, over an alpine pass, amidst the stunning mountain peaks – there’s nothing like it anywhere else on the planet! The views across to Mt Ngauruhoe, Mt Ruapehu and the Central Plateau of the North Island are simply spectacular and worth every step!

Lonely Planet recommends a walk amidst the Tongariro Volcanoes as “a life-changing experience not to be missed!” Your guides make this incredible hike even more memorable by sharing local stories and legends and bringing the extraordinary geological history to life.

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!

Return to The Park and revive your weary muscles in the outdoor spa pool, before meeting in the cosy lounge for pre-dinner drinks and nibbles. Tonight we head out to a lively local restaurant and bar for a casual meal with the locals.

DAY 3

Mt Ruapehu Hikes

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 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, silver service Ruapehu Room.

DAY 4

Rainforest & Waterfalls

After breakfast we pack up and explore more of Tongariro National Park with a 2-hour loop walk to 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 volcanic mountain and totally fringed with lush forest. Walking Legends supports Project Tongariro, an eco-trust that are working to restore the native birdlife to this special area.

Approx. drop-off times: Taupo (4-5pm) or Rotorua (5-6pm).

For the Tongariro Hiking Tour we stay in a 3-star hikers and skiers lodge 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.

We supply

  • Generous, nutritious meals full of fresh, local produce; packed picnic lunches with the best sandwiches you’ve ever eaten, trail snacks & chocolate; fresh fruit, hot & cold drinks
  • Two complimentary glasses of crisp Kiwi wine or craft beer per person, each evening; you can purchase more with dinner if you wish – please bring cash for this
  • Bed linen, bath towels, pillows & blankets
  • Toilet paper, soap & hand sanitiser

What else do you need to know?

  • There are no drying rooms available but plenty of wide, covered verandahs for drying wet gear
  • Specialty diets; we can cater for a wide range of food allergies and specialty diets with sufficient advance notice. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific dietary needs and we’ll make sure you’re well taken care of!
  • Accommodation is based on a twin-share arrangement; if you’d rather have a private room, a single supplement fee of $200 NZD applies (this is for the whole trip, not $200 each night)
  • The lodge has power outlets next to all beds so CPAP machines are easily accommodated
  • Sorry, the use of drones is not permitted
  • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol if you wish; we ask that you drink responsibly
  • Non-walkers are more than welcome to join us! There are plenty of activities to be done that don’t involve walking, please enquire with our friendly reservations team for more information

FAQ

Crackers and Cheese at Hush
Specialty Diets – Can You Cater For Me?
Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty…
Snow
Meals
This is a fully catered walk, we’ll take care…
croppedimage630338-L345WEBLOWRES
Should I Bring Something Nice To Wear In The Evenings?
You’re on holiday after all, so why not!? It’s…
WLE Resized_0001_Three Peaks
Fitness
A reasonable level of fitness and agility is required…
restaurant_1
Do I Need To Bring Cash?
No, cash is not essential, but you’re welcome to…
Go Team
Can Non-Walkers Join This Trip?
If someone in your group is not a keen…
WLE Resized_0017_courtyard-mountains
Accommodation
For the Tongariro Hiking Tour we stay in a…
WLE Resized_0008_Ngaruhoe and Tongariro Sunset
Weather Conditions and Itinerary Changes
The Tongariro National Park is a unique and changeable…
WLE Resized_0006_Red Crater
How Do I Get Here?
The Tongariro Hiking Tour departs Rotorua or Tauporoughly once…
IMG_0124
I’m Travelling Solo – Who Will I Be Sharing a Room With?
The accommodation on our tours is based on twin…

DAYS

3.5

KM

40

MILES

24

DIFFICULTY

4/5

ACCOMMODATION

Lodge

PRICE

$1650

Under 15 yrs 1000 NZD

WALKING SEASON

Nov-Apr

WALKING 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

“So memorable, wonderfully executed!”

Jill M

“A majestical experience! From the get-go, the organisation was impeccable.”

An unforgettable alpine adventure Experience the dramatic alpine and volcanic landscapes of Tongariro National Park, a unique Dual World Heritage Area.

DAY 1

Arrive Central Plateau

We’ll pick you up from Rotorua City or the Rotorua Airport between 1.00pm and 1:30pm, or central Taupō at 2:30pm, and head south through the North Island’s geothermal heartland, around the North Island’s largest lake; Lake Taupō, and up onto the mighty Central Plateau. We can also meet you in Tongariro National Park if you prefer, please just ask us for driving directions.

We like to stretch the legs and get to know each other with a short, orientation walk to an easily accessed waterfall before we settle into our cosy accommodation. We head next door to a friendly local pub for a hearty, 2-course meal and a cold glass of something to toast the beginning of our Tongariro adventure as we watch the sun set over the magnificent volcanic skyline.

DAY 2

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

This morning we’ll set off on one of the world’s greatest one-day hikes, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This trail leads us through an incredible variety of ethereal landscapes – lava fields, emerald coloured crater lakes, steaming vents, alpine meadows, over an alpine pass, amidst the stunning mountain peaks – there’s nothing like it anywhere else on the planet! The views across to Mt Ngauruhoe, Mt Ruapehu and the Central Plateau of the North Island are simply spectacular and worth every step!

Lonely Planet recommends a walk amidst the Tongariro Volcanoes as “a life-changing experience not to be missed!” Your guides make this incredible hike even more memorable by sharing local stories and legends and bringing the extraordinary geological history to life.

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!

Return to The Park and revive your weary muscles in the outdoor spa pool, before meeting in the cosy lounge for pre-dinner drinks and nibbles. Tonight we head out to a lively local restaurant and bar for a casual meal with the locals.

DAY 3

Mt Ruapehu Hikes

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 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, silver service Ruapehu Room.

DAY 4

Rainforest & Waterfalls

After breakfast we pack up and explore more of Tongariro National Park with a 2-hour loop walk to 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 volcanic mountain and totally fringed with lush forest. Walking Legends supports Project Tongariro, an eco-trust that are working to restore the native birdlife to this special area.

Approx. drop-off times: Taupo (4-5pm) or Rotorua (5-6pm).

For the Tongariro Hiking Tour we stay in a 3-star hikers and skiers lodge 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.

We supply

  • Generous, nutritious meals full of fresh, local produce; packed picnic lunches with the best sandwiches you’ve ever eaten, trail snacks & chocolate; fresh fruit, hot & cold drinks
  • Two complimentary glasses of crisp Kiwi wine or craft beer per person, each evening; you can purchase more with dinner if you wish – please bring cash for this
  • Bed linen, bath towels, pillows & blankets
  • Toilet paper, soap & hand sanitiser

What else do you need to know?

  • There are no drying rooms available but plenty of wide, covered verandahs for drying wet gear
  • Specialty diets; we can cater for a wide range of food allergies and specialty diets with sufficient advance notice. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific dietary needs and we’ll make sure you’re well taken care of!
  • Accommodation is based on a twin-share arrangement; if you’d rather have a private room, a single supplement fee of $200 NZD applies (this is for the whole trip, not $200 each night)
  • The lodge has power outlets next to all beds so CPAP machines are easily accommodated
  • Sorry, the use of drones is not permitted
  • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol if you wish; we ask that you drink responsibly
  • Non-walkers are more than welcome to join us! There are plenty of activities to be done that don’t involve walking, please enquire with our friendly reservations team for more information

FAQ

Crackers and Cheese at Hush
Specialty Diets – Can You Cater For Me?
Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty…
Snow
Meals
This is a fully catered walk, we’ll take care…
croppedimage630338-L345WEBLOWRES
Should I Bring Something Nice To Wear In The Evenings?
You’re on holiday after all, so why not!? It’s…
WLE Resized_0001_Three Peaks
Fitness
A reasonable level of fitness and agility is required…
restaurant_1
Do I Need To Bring Cash?
No, cash is not essential, but you’re welcome to…
Go Team
Can Non-Walkers Join This Trip?
If someone in your group is not a keen…
WLE Resized_0017_courtyard-mountains
Accommodation
For the Tongariro Hiking Tour we stay in a…
WLE Resized_0008_Ngaruhoe and Tongariro Sunset
Weather Conditions and Itinerary Changes
The Tongariro National Park is a unique and changeable…
WLE Resized_0006_Red Crater
How Do I Get Here?
The Tongariro Hiking Tour departs Rotorua or Tauporoughly once…
IMG_0124
I’m Travelling Solo – Who Will I Be Sharing a Room With?
The accommodation on our tours is based on twin…

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