The Tongariro Alpine Crossing 

Return times arranged on the day you wont be left behind.


We pick you up in Whakapapa Village then take you to walk the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the unique volcanic created environment within a UNESCO world heritage area.

As an approved DOC operator we have passed the environmental standards set by DOC, as well as safety standards set by an independent auditor, and been approved to operate in public conservation areas.

Our pick up times at the finish are tailored to suit our customers which is arranged on the day.  We want you to enjoy your time whilst Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. No worries about missing your transport, or stress about being left behind. Unlike other operators we work around your time and dont leave you waiting for an hour or more.  Another plus is unlike the one way service you do not have to walk another 900 metres down a dusty road back to your car. 

Sit back and enjoy your journey. We hope you will be delighted by your experience from start to finish. 

Drop off at Mangatepopo Car Park, Start (estimated journey time 20 minutes)

Pick up at the finish, Ketetahi Car Park.

*or we can do this in reverse for you or we are the only operator to offer return from the start trips in the afternoon eg start Mangatepopo and finish at Mangatepopo

Delivered back to the door step of your accommodation or where you first boarded the shuttle.

To ensure a quick pick up service so you are not waiting to long for the next bus or running after one that has just left we ask you text or Call us at the 90 minute from Ketetahi Car Park sign.  Being an owner operated service we take that extra value to our service.  Pick up times are arranged 8-9hours after drop off at the start unless communicated otherwise.   Please remember to finish as a group if you start as a group.  Additional pick up times can be arranged at cost.

Tongariro National Park can be subject to unpredictable weather and conditions can change quickly. Due to the alpine environment, the weather at ground level can differ greatly from the conditions higher up the mountain. Be prepared to change plans and turn back if strong winds prevail or visibility is poor and call us so you can be picked up.

Recommended to bring:

  • Food and plenty of water
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • Warm windproof clothing NO DENIM
  • Waterproof raincoat and over trousers
  • Strong and comfortable shoes (no jandals)
  • First aid kit
  • Map
  • Cell Phone (Highly Recommended) PLUS Seperate TORCH

Always prepare for all weather conditions.
Your safety is important to us!  This is not your average walk in the park should you turn up in Denim or lack the correct clothing we have the right to refuse passage without a refund.

NO  ONE  IS  LEFT  BEHIND - However late pick up fees (minimum $160) maybe applied should you complete the track outside the recommended duration of the 7.8 hours, we recommend that you choose the earliest time if you are are not confident in completing the track in 10 hours after which time a late pick up fee is charged without exception.

As a DoC approved concession operator an activity fee is used to help maintain the tracks, huts and biodiversity projects. This is included in the shuttle fee you pay.  

*Ideally we need 4 passengers to run a timeslot.  In the event insufficient numbers we will endeavour to place you on the closest available shuttle we run or with another operator.  This is ideal for a family or group of friends to travel together.
Please call us if you would like to discuss running our shuttle for less than 4 people. 

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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a 7-8 hours recommended hike. It is advised to contact the driver via text, call or email at the 90 minute sign or old Ketetahi Shelter to verify pick up time. Otherwise a return shuttle will be arranged 9 hours after drop off at the start of the track. In the event of no show at the rendezvous point of Ketetahi car park. Late fees become payable and Search n Rescue notified for overdue clients. Private shuttles must be explicitly requested and an appropriate additional fee may be applicable. Groups who start together must finish together any additional waiting time is at the discretion of the driver and late fees maybe applicable. Our service offers a flexible pick up service with minimal delays with good communication. The use the word "maybe" will not be binding at the discretion of the driver or operator. Both the the driver and operator are legally bound by driving/work hour regulations which will determine latest pick up time available. Drivers may refuse any passenger from boarding if they are not suitably dressed for the activity or refuse any safety instruction. Departure times may be changed to suit operational viability on the day. Late bookings after 6pm the night prior maybe non refundable but transfered to another date or time where availability permits.

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