Picked up on time and the bus was available on the return immediately.
Very Sadly our trip on this was cancelled due to bad weather. We did however drive to the village of Waikiki and walked for about two hours along beautiful trails to the falls, then had afternoon tea on our return. It was a wonderful afternoon.
Rewarding mountain experience, staffs were helpful, but needs proper equipment.
I cannot rate this hike highly enough, there is no doubt that is physically demanding however there are plenty rest stops and it is easy to set your own pace, I was also relieved to see people of all ages on this trek. The crossing itself is well sign posted and you will not have to worry about getting lost along the way. It is important to be well prepared as there are no opportunities to buy food or water after the bus drops you off. Once you reach the Emerald Lakes the views are simply breathtaking, it is a certainty that this will be a lifelong memory of your New Zealand vacation.
The hike was very challenging but beautiful.
Bus driver arrived 15 minutes early. We were not sure he was part of the Viator tour bus, but he took us. We and 10 other people traveled with him from the parking lot at the end of the Tongariro Crossing trail. He was young, friendly, and good natured. The travel was safe and drop-off prompt. No stops along the way at base camp. But he did radio in to base camp.
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