Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Morning Shuttle – Turangi to Mangatepopo

Pick Up Travel Time Cost Summer Service
Turangi iSite 45 mins $45 pp return 6:00 am 7:30 am
Other Turangi Destinations 45 mins $45 pp return 6:10 am 7:40 am
Ketetahi 30 mins $30 one way 6:30 am 7:30 am 8:00 am 9:00 am
Mangetepopo 30 mins $30 one way 7:00 am 8:00 am 8:30 am 9:30 am

Afternoon shuttle – Ketetahi to Turangi

Pick Up Travel Time Cost
Ketetahi 45 mins Inc. in return ticket
(otherwise $20 pp)
3:00 pm 4:00 pm 5: 00 pm
Mangatepopo
(to connect with Turangi shuttle)
30 mins $30 one way 3:30 pm 4:30pm N/A

Afternoon Shuttle – Ketetahi to Mangatepopo

Pick Up Travel Time Cost
Ketetahi 30 mins $30 one way 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 5:30pm

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Often described as one of the best one day hikes in the world, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing takes you across an active volcano in the heart of Tongariro National Park, a World Heritage site. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track spans the length of Mount Tongariro, covering 19.4 kilometres. On average the trek takes between seven and nine hours to complete.

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing starts at the Mangatepopo Valley and finishes at Ketatahi Road. Following the track in this direction means the least amount of climbing is involved, though first timers should be aware that the track is considered steep in parts.  Allow an extra hour to walk the track in reverse from Ketetahi to Mangatepopo.

For more information on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing visit the DOC website.

Turangi Alpine Shuttles will drop you at the beginning of the track and collect you from the end of the track after your trek. 

Additional Tongariro National Park Hikes

Ngauruhoe summit (extra 2 – 3 hours)

A strenuous challenge for the more adventurous hiker. There is no marked track, so follow the old lava flow or the rocky ridge to the top of the second highest peak in the Tongariro National Park.

6am shuttle service required, summer season only.

Altitude: 2287m

Northern circuit (extra 2 – 3 days)

An extended trail which circumnavigates Mt Ngauruhoe through all the varied environments that Tongariro National Park has to offer.

Distance: 50 kilometres

Tongariro summit (extra 1½ hours)

Follow the marked track across the ridge to the summit to be rewarded with stunning views of the volcanic plateau.

Altitude: 1967m

Guided Winter Tongariro Crossing

Minimum of four people.  Price on application.

Note: all distances and times are approximate