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Tongariro Crossing Walk

Start:RotoruaTours run:November - April (Weekly)
End:Rotorua
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Duration:3 days/3 nights
NZ $1,650.00
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The Tongariro Crossing Walk: A Life-Changing Experience
 
Experience the dramatic alpine and volcanic landscapes of World Heritage Area Tongariro National Park, with a small group and experienced local guide.

Hike the unforgettable Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Significant cultural heritage combined with arid badlands, crater lakes, sparkling rivers, breath-taking lunar landscapes, native beech forest and alpine meadows - this New Zealand hiking tour is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!


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2018


November 6,13,27
December 4, 11, 18, 26


2019

January 2, 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 19
April 2, 9, 16

 

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Tongariro Crossing Walk


A Life-Changing Experience

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The Tongariro Crossing Walk includes a variety of trips in the iconic Tongariro National Park.

Experience the dramatic alpine and volcanic landscapes of World Heritage Area Tongariro National Park, with a small group and experienced local guide.

Hike the world-famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake.

Significant cultural heritage combined with arid badlands, crater lakes, sparkling rivers, breath-taking lunar landscapes, native beech forest and alpine meadows – with stunning alpine lodgings and fantastic meals and wine this New Zealand hiking tour is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!
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Day 1: Arrive Central Plateau

Pick-up from Rotorua central or airport approx 1:30pm, or Taupo 2:30pm.

Arrive in Tongariro National Park and become acquainted with the area and your guide with a short walk. Settle in to your accommodation with a glass of New Zealand wine, while the sun sets over the impressive Tongariro volcanoes.

Relish a delicious New Zealand style restaurant meal while you get to know the other members of your small group. Retire to a cozy bed and hot shower, ready to tackle the world's best day hike tomorrow - the Tongariro Alpine Crossing!

 



Day 2: Crossing The Tongariro


Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing - known as the best one-day walk in New Zealand and possibly the world. A challenging hike leads through stunning volcanic landscapes, past steaming craters, quirky coloured lakes and impressive dome volcanoes. Fantastic views over central North Island. Fair weather and a good level of fitness are required to undertake this hike. 

If conditions allow we will have an early start on the track, so we can enjoy the pre-dawn solitude of the mountains and watch the sunrise over the volcanoes – a truly magical experience!

Lonely Planet recommends a walk amidst the Tongariro Volcanoes as “a life-changing experience not to be missed!” Your guides make this unforgettable hike even more memorable by sharing their local knowledge, setting a relaxed pace, and providing a well-earned celebratory drink and snack at the end of the track.

Return to our lodgings to soak your weary muscles in the hot plunge pool, before having a casual pub dinner with the locals.

 


Day 3: Mt Ruapehu Hikes

Travel around the southern side of Mt Ruapehu to experience some of New Zealand’s rail history on the Old Coach Road trail. Between 1906 to 1908 the road was used to carry passengers and goods by horse and coach, between two railheads on the main trunk line.  

Heritage features on the trail include a unique cobbled road, massive steel viaducts, a curved tunnel, railway bridge remains, and old campsites. The 15km walk takes around 5 hours, and also passes through some beautiful stands of native forest with sweeping views across the district.

If conditions allow we will explore the dramatic, rock-strewn landscapes higher up Mt Ruapehu. At 2797 metres above sea level, the North Island’s highest mountain offers jaw-dropping views over the National Park with various hiking options or catch a chair-lift up to NZ’s highest café. Tonight we enjoy a final celebration dinner in The Chateau’s elegant Ruapehu Restaurant. 

 


Day 4: Rainforests & Waterfalls
 

After breakfast we pack up and explore more of Tongariro National Park with a walk to the Taranaki Falls. Tumbling 20 metres 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. The track passes through an interesting range of alpine meadows and beech forest, with spectacular views of the mountains.

Then hike around the glistening Lake Rotopounamu, which is nestled in the side of an old volanic mountain and totally fringed with lush forest. 

Drop off in Taupo approx 4 - 5pm or Rotorua 5 - 6pm

 

**This tour is run in conjunction with another operator.

 
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Book now for Next Season! 

2018 / 2019

 

2018


November 6,13,27
December 4, 11, 18, 26


2019

January 2, 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 19
April 2, 9, 16

 

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Accommodation

 
Days 1, 2 and 3
The Chateau Tongariro is a 4-star historic hotel with AMAZING views of the mountains and National Park. An elegant lounge area provides the perfect place to relax and socialise with the group at the end of each day. The heated plunge pool and sauna are ideal for tired muscles! Rooms are studio twin or double with ensuite - single supplement and upgrades to executive spa suites are available on request.
 
 
 

Food


You will enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day, and either restaurant meals or wholesome home-cooked fare prepared by your host/hostess in the evenings.

If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise the office of details when you make your booking.

All meals are included in your tour cost. Wine and other beverages are available to be purchased during dinners.



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Fully Guided


Our guides are very experienced, friendly walkers and bikers who love to share their knowledge of New Zealand’s flora and fauna and local history. They all hold current first aid certificates, passenger driving licences and are the very best people to ensure your experience will be one to remember.


 
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What Should I Bring?


The following list of items and instructions is designed to ensure your optimal comfort and safety in the alpine setting.

We can lend rain coats and day packs by prior arrangement.

Ensure you have plenty of warm clothing — be prepared for cold and changeable mountain weather.

For more information on what and how to pack, feel free to phone us on 0800 377 378.


General:
  • Day pack
  • Warm gloves and hat
  • 2 litre drink bottle or CamelBak®
  • Toiletries, shampoo, and medications
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunglasses & sunhat
  • Camera and charger.

Clothing:
  • Hiking boots (worn in, please!)
  • Raincoat (we lend raincoats by prior arrangement)
  • Socks (about 3 pairs, preferably wool)
  • Lightweight trousers or shorts for hiking
  • Thermal long-johns or leggings (NB: these are essential for walking in an alpine environment)
  • Long-sleeved thermal top (wool or polypropylene)
  • Short-sleeved shirts (preferably merino wool or polypropylene).
  • Long-sleeved shirt or light sweater
  • Warm jersey (polar fleece or wool)
  • Evening clothes (casual)
  • Light running/walking shoes or sandals for evenings and easy walks
  • Sleepwear (e.g. pyjamas).

Optional Items:
  • Bathing suit & towel
  • Walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Mobile phone (highly recommended for safety, good cell phone reception throughout the park)
  • Book, journal etc
  • Water-proof over trousers
  • Down jacket
  • Lunch-box to protect your sandwiches (otherwise we provide paper bags)
  • Blister kit
  • Head torch or small hand held torch

We supply:
  • All meals, snacks, hot & cold drinks
  • Rain coats and day packs , please advise at time of booking if you wish to borrow these items.

Safety and Risk Management


To ensure maximum safety for all, our guides are certified first aiders and fully qualified drivers. Tuatara Tours operate under a Safety and Risk Management Plan which is regularly audited and approved by a qualified and independent auditor.

 


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2018 / 2019

 

2018


November 6,13,27
December 4, 11, 18, 26


2019

January 2, 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 19
April 2, 9, 16

 

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Book now for Next Season! 

2018 / 2019

 

2018


November 6,13,27
December 4, 11, 18, 26


2019

January 2, 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 19
April 2, 9, 16

 

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History

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World Heritage Status……

The area in which you will be walking was designated a National Park on the 23rd of September 1887. Te Heuheu, the Paramount Chief of the Ngati Tuwharetoa people, gifted 2,630ha of the central volcano area to the New Zealand Government, including the summits of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. His generosity secured access to the mountains for everyone.

In January 1991 Tongariro National Park was declared a World Heritage site, in recognition of its outstanding natural characteristics.

In 1994 the Park was also granted Cultural World Heritage status, in recognition of its cultural significance and history.

 

People


Approximately one million people visit Tongariro National Park each year, with summer visitors now outnumbering winter visitors as they take advantage of the excellent tramping and walking opportunities. Halfway between Auckland and Wellington, the park is easily reached from both city areas. Ruapehu has the only commercial skifields in the North Island. This also makes the mountain a popular place to visit. Turoa ski area is on the south-west side of the mountain and the small club field, Tukino, on the south-east. Whakapapa ski area is on the western slopes. Temperatures at Whakapapa Village can be as cold as -10°C or as warm as 25°C. Frosts can occur at any time of the year. At Whakapapa the yearly rainfall is about 2,200 mm, while on the Desert Road side it is only 1,250 mm.

It is unusual to have a village within a national park but Whakapapa Village was established early in the history of the park when people's opinions about conservation were different to what they are today.

About 150 people live permanently in Whakapapa over summer. This number increases to about 400 over the winter months. Whakapapa Village is New Zealand's highest settlement with permanent residents.

The ski lodges at Whakapapa skifield make up what is called Iwikau Village, named after one of the earlier Tuwharetoa chiefs.

The first club lodge was built by Ruapehu Ski Club in 1923. There are 47 private club lodges at Iwikau and a further five in Whakapapa Village.
 
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Tongariro Facts


Tongariro National Park is approximately 79,598 hectares.

Tongariro was the first national park formed in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. It was the first National Park in the world to be gifted by a country's indigenous people. The park is centred on three active volcanoes: Tongariro (1,968 metres), Ruapehu (2,797 metres), and Ngauruhoe (2,290metres).

Mt Ruapehu has a number of peaks:
 
  • Tahurangi 2,797 metres
  • Girdlestone 2,658 metres
  • Te Heuheu 2,732 metres
  • Paretetaitonga 2,751 metres
  • Mitre 2,591 metres

More Facts
 
  • Traditionally Ngauruhoe has erupted at least every nine years.
  • Mt Tongariro's active Red Crater last emitted ash in 1926.
  • Mt Ruapehu is the highest point in the North Island and, like Tongariro, its history began before the last ice age.
  • The eight named glaciers on Mt Ruapehu are the only glaciers in the North Island.
  • On top of Ruapehu is a crater lake which regularly passes through warming cycles. These cycles may result in small eruptions of ash and steam.
  • More than 60 eruptions from the crater have been recorded since 1945, including 1995/96 when the Crater Lake disappeared completely. Since the 1995/96 eruption the crater lake has begun to reform.
  • Ruapehu has a permanent cover of snow and ice, including seven glaciers.


Book now for Next Season! 

2018 / 2019

 

2018


November 6,13,27
December 4, 11, 18, 26


2019

January 2, 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 19
April 2, 9, 16

 

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