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Tongariro Guided Hiking Tour from Rotorua New Zealand - 4 days

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Come along on this 4-day / 3-night all-inclusive walking vacation package, featuring some of New Zealand's best day hikes, such as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Mt. Ruapehu Crater Lake. You will be staying in an alpine lodge overlooking the dramatic volcanic landscapes of Tongariro National Park.

Tongariro National Park – a dual listed World Heritage Area – boasts diverse landscapes for visitors to discover. With arid badlands, crater and alpine lakes, sparkling rivers, breath-taking lunar landscapes, lush rainforest and alpine meadows to be explored, a summer hiking vacation is an utterly unique experience not to be missed!

Your experienced local guide will choose the best walks to suit weather conditions and fitness levels, to ensure you get the most from your time in this special region.

Tongariro Guided Hiking Tour from Rotorua New Zealand - 4 days Details

Length: 4 days, 3 nights


8:00 am on specific dates (Mid November to April)

(Please see Scheduled Tour Date Details. Departures are usually on Tuesday, but occasionally on another day of the week)


A minimum total of 4 participants is required for this tour to operate. Single travelers must pay the Single Supplement in addition to the normal Adult rate. Tour includes Rotorua hotel pick-up. Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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Tongariro Guided Hiking Tour from Rotorua New Zealand - 4 days Description

Scheduled Tour Date Details


  • January 2015 - 6, 13, 20 & 27
  • February 2015 - 3, 10, 17 & 24
  • March 2015 - 3, 10, 17 & 24
  • April 2015 - 3, 14 & 28
  • November 2015 - 24
  • December 2015 - 1, 8, 15 & 27
  • January 2016 - 5, 12, 19 & 26
  • February 2016 - 2, 9, 16 & 23
  • March 2016 - 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
  • April 2016 - 5, 12 & 19

Tours may not be booked more than one year in advance


Day One (Dinner) Pick-up from Rotorua at 3:00 pm or pre-arrange to meet at the lodge in Tongariro National Park at 6:00 pm. Settle in with a glass of New Zealand wine, while your guide briefs you on tomorrow's walk - The Tongariro Alpine Crossing - one of the world's best day hikes and the primary objective of this hiking tour. Enjoy a delicious NZ-style dinner with your small group of hiking friends.

Day Two 17kms, 7-8 hours walking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Today you find out what all the fuss is about! Your guides challenge you to find a camera angle that does not produce spectacular, other-worldly results, on the track that is known as the world’s best day hike. It’s not a free ride however; a challenging hike traverses steep volcanic domes and steaming craters. There is NOWHERE else like this on the planet. The track runs through the Mangatepopo Valley (900m) to the saddle between Tongariro and Ngauruhoe Mountains. Two steep climbs lead to Red Crater (1886m), then a scree slope drops down to the vivid Emerald Lakes. After passing the Green and Blue lakes, the track sidles around the northern slope of Mount Tongariro, before the long descent of switch-backs and many steps to the end (600m). Fair weather and a good level of fitness are required to undertake this hike. Complete the entire Tongariro Alpine Crossing Track and celebrate at the end with a well-deserved cool drink and snack. There may be the option to revive your weary bones in a local hot spring before returning to the lodge.

Day Three 6-8 hours walking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) The guides' favorite hike! The climb to the Mt. Ruapehu Crater Lake is equally as stunning as the Tongariro Crossing, but offers a different array of landscapes and is crowd-free. Take a chair lift up to 2000m, then hike up to the Crater Lake near the summit (approx 2 hours up to 2660m). There is no formed trail; your guide will choose the best route through boulder fields, old lava flows and patches of snow. The climax is reaching the active acid Crater Lake, whose waters reach temperatures of up to 60°C, not to mention the unforgettable 360 degree views from near the summit of the North Island's highest mountain. (This walk is very weather dependent, and may not be possible early or late season due to snow and/or chair lift being closed). If you fancy a more relaxing day, you will have the option of joining a guide to do some of the shorter walks in the area, perhaps to the Tama Lakes, or perusing the local museum/visitor centre/cafe.

Tonight enjoy a final celebration dinner with your group in the lodge.

Day Four 3-5 hours walking (Breakfast, Lunch) After another delicious cooked breakfast, pack up and leave the lodge. Today’s walk may lead to the Taranaki Falls, tumbling 20 meters 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 – a great spot for a picnic. The track passes through an interesting range of alpine meadows and beech forest. In total contrast to the previous walks, there is also a perfect temperate rainforest to explore and an historic Maori fortress.

Drop off in Taupo by 5:00 pm or Rotorua by 7:00 pm.

Fitness Required: A reasonable level of fitness and agility is required for this tour. You will need to be able to carry a small pack containing your lunch, drinking water and warm clothing for at least 3 hours a day. Track surfaces vary from well-formed paths to rough terrain broken by tree roots, rocks and loose scree. A high level of fitness is required to undertake the Tongariro Crossing, which is a strenuous hike of 7-8 hours, with a climb and descent of around 1000 metres through an alpine environment. Your guide will provide advice on fitness and weather conditions. There is always the option of doing shorter hikes or relaxing in the lodge instead. A vast network of hiking trails of varying length and difficulty make this area a hiker's paradise.

Group Size: Maximum group size is 14 walkers and 2 guides. Small groups provide a personal service and give walkers an intimate nature experience.

Trip Includes: All meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks, including wine with evening meals - Rotorua transfers (pick-up/drop-off at Rotorua accommodation) - park fees - hut accommodation fees - gear cartage by boat - support boat - hiking equipment (packs, raincoats & sleeping bags) - knowledgeable and experienced guides.

Accommodations: Lodging is in a private ski lodge high up on the side of Mt. Ruapehu. There are great views of the mountains and central plateau, right out to Mt. Taranaki. The lodge has a large and comfortable dining area and lounge, looking up at Mt. Ruapehu. Rooms are twin share, with full linen. There are separate men's and ladies bathrooms. The lodge is a 5-minute walk from the carpark over rocky terrain. Therefore your gear needs to be packed in a backpack or easy to carry bags. No large suitcases please! Backpacks can be loaned out on request.

What to Bring: Although you won't require any specialist gear for this trip, you will require warm and wind-proof clothing, good hiking boots and a raincoat. Equipment checklist for full details of what to bring will be provided on your E-Ticket.


Guides assume no responsibility for any injury, damage, loss or delay. They reserve the right to cancel or alter any trips and departure dates for any reason. It is highly recommended that you take out travel insurance, but this standard precaution does not reflect any likelihood of an incident occurring during your walk.

Environmental Policy:

All trips are run according to the guides' Environmental Policy, which incorporates the Department of Conservation's Environmental and Water Care Codes.

A minimum total of 4 participants is required for this tour to operate. Single travelers must pay the Single Supplement in addition to the normal Adult rate. Tour includes Rotorua hotel pick-up. Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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