Tongariro Trek 4D/3N
Experience the dramatic alpine and volcanic landscapes of UNESCO dual-World Heritage Area – Tongariro National Park. 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!
- Experience the dramatic alpine and volcanic landscapes of Tongariro National Park
- Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – known as the best one-day walk in New Zealand
- Travel around the southern side of Mt Ruapehu to experience some of New Zealand’s rail history on the Old Coach Road trail
Max group size:
- - Return Rotorua or Taupo transport
- - 3 nights lodge ensuite rooms
- - luggage transfers
- - 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
- - Local Guide throughout itinerary
- - All transportation
- - chairlift tickets
- - complimentary gear hire on request
Departures:January to April (contact for future dates)
Pick-up from Rotorua central or Rotorua airport approx. 1:30pm, or Taupo central at 2:30pm. We can also collect you from your accommodation in National Park Village.
Arrive in Tongariro National Park and become acquainted with the area and your guide with a short walk.
Settle in to your cosy, 3-star lodge accommodation with a glass of world-class 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 cosy bed and hot shower, ready to tackle the world’s best day hike tomorrow – the Tongariro Alpine Crossing!
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 outdoor spa pool, before having a casual pub dinner with the locals.
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 short hiking trail options or catch a chair-lift up to NZ’s highest café (weather dependent).
Tonight, we top of a brilliant hiking adventure with a final celebration dinner in The Chateau’s Ruapehu Room.
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 volcanic 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.
We’ll return you safely to either Taupo around 4 – 5pm or Rotorua around 5 – 6pm.