The Tongariro Alpine Crossing “Described by many as the best one-day walk in New Zealand, and one of the best in the world”

Our daily transport shuttle service operates during the freedom walking season. Our local shuttle operators will pick you up and return you to our doorstep. They are committed to offering a personal service to our guests with a wealth of local knowledge and advice to ensure that you have the best experience possible.
Bookings are essential and can be booked with your accommodation.

For 2 night deals with transport book our Summer Package Deal.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttle Service

  • Pick up and return service from The Crossing Backpackers
  • Departure time 6.45am. Departure times 8am and 5.30am available on request for groups of 4 or more, subject to availability.
  • Transport to the Mangetepopo carpark to start the track and pick up from the Ketetahi Carpark at the finish of the track
  • Book with your accommodation, or at reception when you arrive
  • Bookings are essential, and need to be done no later than 7.30 pm of the evening before
  • If the transport service is cancelled due to bad weather you will be refunded the transport portion of your booking

This service is strictly weather dependent. With several weather factors contributing to the safety of this track, we rely on the knowledge and experience of the transport provider to ensure your safety.

The Shuttle driver will go through everything you need to know including the pick up times for the day, much of this is safety related so please pay attention.

The Shuttle Service is $40 per person and includes:

  • Free Secure Parking all day
  • Free Tea & Coffee on return
  • Free use of Showers etc on return

This rate applies to all guests and campers or bookings made through booking channels e.g., Expedia, Agoda, Hostelworld etc.

Summer Crossing Package

  • Available on our website bookings through the summer crossing package bookings page only
  • 2 Nights Accommodation and Transport
  • Available on all room types (campsites excluded)
  • Not available on bookings through other online channels

What to take

Before you start the track it is recommended you have the following:

  • Back-pack
  • Lunch
  • 1.5L water (minimum)
  • Wind-breaker jacket
  • 2 warm tops
  • Hiking boots / shoes
  • Gloves
  • Hat or Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

You may also benefit by taking:

  • Spare pair of socks
  • Sticking plasters
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Walking pole(s)
  • Extra energy snacks eg chocolate, nuts, trail mix or the like.

Weather Conditions

Be prepared for anything as the weather in the Tongariro National Park can be extremely changeable. In the summer months, you can expect temperatures from 5° C to 35° C, and in winter from about -10° C to 10° C.

The weather conditions are highly variable and impact significantly on your safety. Department of Conservation (DOC) has determined the weather criteria which all Transport Providers are advised to adhere to.

Metservice weather forecast is used as the benchmark to make decisions as to whether trips should take place.

About the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

This amazing 19.4km walk will take you through a fascinating lunar-lake landscape full of active volcanoes, mountain springs, craters and lava flows.

tongariro-alpine-crossingThe Tongariro Alpine Crossing track winds up the Mangatepopo Valley to the saddle between Mt Tongariro and Mt Nagauruhoe. It climbs to Red Crater (1886m), then drops down to the Emerald and Blue Lakes. The track then descends around the northern slope of Tongariro, meandering to the Ketetahi Hut.

The full walk is moderately challenging and it will take the average person about 5-8 hours to complete depending on fitness, allowing time for photos. Taking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a real adventure and an experience not to be missed!

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a real must do for anyone who enjoys beautiful scenery and a bit of a challenge. Thousands of people do it every summer. It can be done in winter too, but then it is only recommended as part of a guided group.

The Crossing Backpackers has plenty of secure car parking. You are welcome to leave your vehicles here whilst you experience the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For a winter experience on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing we can advise you and help you book on a guided hiking tour. The local experienced guides operate daily, weather dependent. You will be picked up from our lodge, they provide any extra clothing required, boots, Ice axe, crampons as needed. This is an amazing winter hiking adventure that you are sure to remember.

More Important Information

There is no all day car parking at Mangatepopo carpark end (starting point). There is a four-hour parking limit that will be enforced with clamping or towing of cars, vans and campervans.
Ketetahi Road end (the finish point) has limited parking and will have restricted parking in places and single lane traffic.
We recommend that you book on our daily shuttle service.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing is within the Tongariro National Park, a UNSECO Dual World Heritage Park for both natural and cultural values and the first in the world to receive associative cultural World Heritage status.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing is within the role of Ngāti Tūwharetoa. Please respect the local Iwi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and help educate visitors that the peaks and lakes are sacred.

The alpine environment is a fragile ecosystem. Visitors are encouraged to keep to the track/ poled route.

It is not acceptable to use nature as a toilet. Visitors are encouraged to use toilets and take their own toilet paper. In New Zealand it is offensive to defecate on or off the track and is a human health hazard. A map of toilets along the hike will be located at the start of the hike.

It is illegal to fly drones or walk your dogs in the Tongariro National Park. Please leave drones and dogs at home.