At Bucket List Travel, we’re all about life-changing experiences not to be missed. And that is exactly how Lonely Planet describes the walk amidst the Tongariro volcanoes.

Rated as the best one-day hike in New Zealand, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a trek across a volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts. It takes in some of the most dramatic landscapes you will ever see – steaming vents, glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, breath-taking lunar landscapes, native beech forest and alpine meadows, cold mountain springs, and vivid emerald crater lakes – all with fantastic views over central North Island.

Have you always wanted to do Tongariro Crossing but have put off by the throngs of tourists? 2020 could be the year to explore New Zealand. This New Zealand hiking tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed. So do it this year. Go and enjoy the space and the views without the herds of people.

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. The track is a one way 19.4km hike that takes 7–8 hours at a comfortable speed with plenty of stops for photos or resting. While the Tongariro Crossing is challenging, it is by all means doable for anyone who has a reasonable level of fitness.

Catered Hiking Tour

Talk to the team at Bucket List Travel about this fantastic experience. We can organise a memorable 3-day hiking tour with 4-8 hours hiking each day over varied terrain. Cross Tongariro, hike around Mt Ruapehu and explore more of Tongariro National Park with a walk to the Taranaki Falls with experienced guides who will make these unforgettable hikes 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 each track.

We can organise all your meals, snacks and wine, transfers, transport your great, and organise 4-star historic accommodation, hot pools, chairlift tickets, raincoats and day packs. All you need to have with you each day is your daypack with your drink and lunch, clothing requirements, camera and personal gear. We’ll organise the rest. Just ask us. Call Michelle on 09 426 1490.

Tongariro Crossing – what to expect

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is an incredible 19km journey through a UNESCO dual world heritage park recognised for its spiritual and cultural significance. This hike begins at 1120m above sea level, climbs the Mangatepōpō Valley to the saddle between Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, through South Crater before climbing again to Red Crater, the highest point on the crossing at 1886m.

You will then descend on a volcanic rock scree track to the vivid Emerald Lakes, known as Ngarotopounamu (greenstone-hued lakes). After passing Blue Lake, also known as Te Wai-whakaata-o-te-Rangihiroa (Rangihiroa’s mirror), the track sidles around the northern slope of Tongariro, then descends in a zigzag track past Ketetahi Shelter and down to the road end at 760m. 

Tongariro Hiking Tour – Inclusions

  • Pick-up Rotorua from Rotorua or Taupo Join a small group, or have an exclusive tour for your own group
  • 5 days / 3 nights all-inclusive New Zealand hiking tour
  • Accommodation in a 4-star historic hotel set spectacularly against Mt Ruapehu
  • Dining in a range of different restaurants each evening. Enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day.
  • 4-8 hours hiking each day over varied and rocky terrain
  • Hike the Tongariro Crossing on the best weather day
  • Carry a day pack only
  • Drop off in Taupo or Rotorua.

Everything sorted

We can organise guides, transfers, meals, accommodation and activities. We only partner with the most experienced, reputable hiking companies to ensure you have a memorable trip!