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Tongariro Crossing Return Transfer from Turangi

Bring on summertime when it’s great to get outdoors and do NZ’s Best ONE DAY hike over the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This can take between 6 to 8 hours depending on personal health, fitness, the pace you set yourself and of course how many photos you take – your safety is paramount!

Enjoy a round trip transfer from Turangi township to the beginning of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing at Mangatepopo Road and ending Ketetahi Track Platform, with local commentary and stories along the way. Visitor’s care is ensured whilst enjoying the mesmerising panoramic views of the central North Island volcanic landscape on journey to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Transfers are self-guided and naturally has our Maōri blessings, FREE safety photography, FREE use of walking poles, and a FREE cold drink at the END. Department of Conservation Transport Concessionaire Approved.

Highly recommend to Secure your seat - as being a small family business and more personal, limited spaces so do BOOK NOW.

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8 hours


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    • Small group ensures personal service
    • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • What's included :
    • Transport transfer round trip from Turangi
    • Local friendly commentary
    • Naturally our local ‘Maōri blessings’ and acknowledgements
    • Free photography available from the social media pages
    • Free usage of walking poles
    • Free celebratory cold drink at the end
    What's excluded :
    • Hiking guide
    • Meals and drinks
    • Boots or Clothing
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Your day begins when you are picked up from your centrally located Turangi accommodation dependent on which departure time you choose. With the local knowledge and stories, you are driven in the vans to New Zealand’s best one-day hike.  The earlier you start your day, you will enjoy the sunrise with lesser crowds. Smaller personal service.

    On transfer to the beginning of the track at Mangatepopo Road which will take around 45-minutes. You will arrive at the platform and naturally has our ‘Maōri blessings’ experience where everyone gathers together. A speech in Maōri is given with acknowledgements and respect as well as singing a waiata song which is then explained in English (approximately 5-minutes in total).

    After the korero in Maōri, and English, there will then be a team photo, first one for safety, second one for fun! This photo is available free from the social media pages and website.

    You can use the walking poles for free as you self-guide hike. Very useful when descending down from off the mountain or just to help to take that little extra pressure off your legs.  

    You will be picked up at the end of your hike in the afternoon from the end of the track at Ketetahi Carpark Road. You will be greeted with your choice of either a free celebratory cold drink, or of a bottle of water or New Zealand’s world famous L&P fizzy drink - your life saver!

    Be aware of the mountains live volcanic terrain and be aware of the weather conditions. Think smart and be prepared and equipped.

    Important information for your safety (5 simple rules):

    1. Plan Your Trip (Seek local knowledge and plan the route you take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect to take) Staying on track is advised.

    2. Tell Someone (Tell someone your plans and leave a date for when to raise the alarm if you haven't returned).

    3. Be aware of the weather (New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes).

    4. Know your limits (Challenge yourself within your physical limits and enjoy your experience).

    5. Take sufficient supplies (Food and water, 1st aid kit, extra clothing – avoid cotton/denim jeans. Bring sunscreen, wet weather gear, sturdy footwear, headlamp, toilet paper). What you 'pack in' you 'pack out' (bring back with you).
  • Departure Point :

    Pickup Details

    Please arrive and/or be ready at least 15 minutes before your depart time. Please inform us where your Turangi hotel / accommodation is for pick up. Or from between the BP Station and Turangi iSITE information center. Inform us at least 24 hours prior to your confirmed booking. Must be waiting out front roadside as you may not be alone, as others will also be on route.


    • Turangi Town Centre, Turangi 3334, New Zealand - Turangi 3334
    Return Detail :
    • Mangatepopo Road, Tongariro National Park 3989, New Zealand - Travel to Mangatepopo Road, the start of Tongariro Crossing. Finish at Ketetahi Platform, Tongariro Crossing track end, then transfer back to your Turangi point of pick up with your lifesaver the cold drink..
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • If you have any medical concerns please seek advice from a legal Practitioner before attempting any ‘outdoor’ activities. Participation is at your own risk and therefore no further liability will be made towards the transport operator.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.



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Organised by Backyard Tours

Activity ID: V-44645P1

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