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Backyard Tours

Tongariro Crossing Return Transfer from Turangi

8 hours

Large group

Free Cancellation

What to Expect

Welcome to the heart of Tongariro National Park amongst our sacred Volcanic Mountains Pihanga, Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu like nowhere else in the World. On Journey enjoy our learnings about Manaakitanga – caring & safety of visitors and Kaitiakitanga – guardianship to preserving life.<br><br>Locals of Maōri descent born and raised in Turangi Tongariro providing a niche transport service to Aotearoa New Zealand’s known Best one day adventure hike to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with experienced local transport services. <br><br>Highly recommended from Manuhiri - Visitor’s ensured safety from our destination Turangi Taupō, World famously known for trout fishing, hiking, biking, river rafting, relaxing walks, geothermal hot pools, stays and a quint friendly environment. Shuttles & transfers are self-guided and naturally has our Maōri blessings, FREE safety photography, FREE use of walking poles, and a FREE cold drink at the END. Department of Conservation Transport Concessionaire Approved.


Your day begins with our shuttle & transfer services where you are picked up from your location of accommodation dependent on which departure time you choose. With the local knowledge and stories, you are driven to the heart of the Tongariro National Park Aotearoa New Zealand’s known best one-day hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.  The earlier you start your day, you will enjoy the sunrise with lesser crowds, and no pressure completing before darkness.

On transfer to the beginning of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track at Mangatepopo Road which will take around 45-minutes. You're journey naturally experiences our ‘Maōri blessings’ where everyone gathers together. A speech in Maōri is given with acknowledgements and respect as well as singing a waiata song which is then explained in English (approximately 5-minutes in total).

After the korero in Maōri, and English, there will then be a team photo, first one for safety, second one for fun! This photo is available free from the social media pages and website.

You can use the walking poles for free as you self-guide hike. Very useful when descending down from off the mountain or just to help to take that little extra pressure off your legs.  

You will be picked up at the end of your hike in the afternoon from the trail end of the track Ketetahi Carpark Road. You will be greeted with your choice of either a free celebratory cold drink, or of a bottle of water or Aotearoa New Zealand’s world famous L&P fizzy drink - your life saver!

Be aware of the mountains live volcanic terrain and be aware of the weather conditions. Think smart and be prepared and equipped.

Important information for your safety (5 simple rules):

1. Plan Your Trip (Seek local knowledge and plan the route you take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect to take) Staying on track is advised.

2. Tell Someone (Tell someone your plans and leave a date for when to raise the alarm if you haven't returned).

3. Be aware of the weather (New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes).

4. Know your limits (Challenge yourself within your physical limits and enjoy your experience).

5. Take sufficient supplies (Food and water, 1st aid kit, extra clothing – avoid cotton/denim jeans. Bring sunscreen, wet weather gear, sturdy footwear, headlamp, toilet paper). What you 'pack in' you 'pack out' (bring back with you).


  • Transport transfer round trip from Turangi
  • Local friendly commentary
  • Naturally our local ‘Maōri blessings’ and acknowledgements
  • Free photography available from the social media pages
  • Free usage of walking poles
  • Free celebratory cold drink at the end


  • Hiking guide
  • Meals and drinks
  • Boots or Clothing

Additional information

  • If you have any medical concerns please seek advice from a legal Practitioner before attempting any ‘outdoor’ activities. Participation is at your own risk and therefore no further liability will be made towards the transport operator.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Stay home if you are sick or showing symptoms. Wash or sanitize your hands regularly. Sneeze or Cough into your elbow or tissue. Dispose your tissue's wisely. NZ Alert level 1 transport drivers wear a mask, passengers to also have a face covering.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


$50.09 NZD

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