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Trek across stark volcanic terrain on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. This independent day hike takes you past Mt Tongariro with an optional side trip to the summit of Mt Ngauruhoe, located within the World Heritage area of Tongariro National Park. You’re provided with a round-trip transfer, map and information sheet to prepare you for the 6- to 10-hour trek. Early morning shuttle service is available from your accommodation in Taupo or Turangi, or from the Base Camp or Ketetahi parking lots.


  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing self-guided day hike
  • Trek through the volcanic landscape of Tongariro National Park
  • Climb the Red Crater and descend to the Emerald Lakes
  • Map and information sheet provided
  • Includes shuttle service from hotels or parking lots, depending on option selected

What You Can Expect

Full-Day Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike

Emerald Lakes

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Did everything it said on the tin with no hassle. Basically a pickup and drop off service so not much to say but was run efficiently and correctly with no issues at all.

Jeffrey Esper United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The hike is 19 km long. The down hill portion seems to last forever. The views from the top are amazing and beautiful. Worth the hike. Recommend gloves and stocking hat for top of mountain. Can be very windy and cold. The shuttle was great.

Christopher R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017



5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great transport option. I was picked up on time from Taupo. The weather wasn't very good that day, so they started picking people up earlier than scheduled and continued with each bus leaving as it filled up. They were also very helpful on the phone when I called to change the date I wanted to do the hike.

Terence D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Picked up on time and the bus was available on the return immediately.

Dawn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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.

Seungwhan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Rewarding mountain experience, staffs were helpful, but needs proper equipment.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

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.

Thomas C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The hike was very challenging but beautiful.

Lee S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

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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