Mountain Transport Ruapehu

Summit Shuttles provides transport from the National Park – Park and Ride Transport Hub. If you’re a well-prepared, competent winter alpine tramper, it can be a fantastic experience. If you aren’t experienced and equipped for alpine travel, choose another track.

We have the best schedule due to our 7 departures times and all afternoon pick ups which the client does not need to book. You don’t have to drive your car every morning. That’s if you stay at accommodation with a shuttle pick up. We operate in and around New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site. Tongariro National Park is rich both in cultural identity and stunning, inspiring natural scenery. This section of track is home to the “Devil’s Staircase”, a 200 metre climb that takes place in a very short distance.

A guide to Tongariro National Park: When to go, where to stay and what to do – Stuff

A guide to Tongariro National Park: When to go, where to stay and what to do.

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If the risks are too great to continue, be ready to turn around. This is often not possible until halfway through a hike. The hiking companies provide all equipment, including warm waterproof clothing and hiking boots. Tongariro Guided Walk Companyis our preferred guiding company.

Depending on which service you choose, the shuttle will either pick you up at the lodge or take you to a point just a few steps away. The shuttle fares can be charged to your account with us, so there’s no need to pay on the bus. We offer a one way Tongariro Alpine Crossing shuttle service hourly from the Tongariro shuttle car park at the finish point of the hike to the starting point Mangatepopo. If the weather turns bad while hiking, it can take a long time for a shuttle to pick up you.

You will be picked up at the Ketitahi Carpark, and transferred back to National Park Village. Allow 20 minutes from Tongariro Suites to drive, park your car and check in for your shuttle. Read more about look here here. There are many return shuttles that run in the afternoon, so you don’t have to worry about a schedule. All of the above shuttle services are available online. We can also arrange it for you if you check in before 5. There is no need to book more then a day in advance as the shuttles are very much weather dependant.

Find information about winter road access, parking at Whakapapa Village and shuttle services. You can also book parking for ski areas. There’re many companies operating shuttles to and from the Crossing. The way this works is you drive to Ketetahi in the morning and park your car there for the day. A shuttle will take you to the start, and you’ll walk back to your car. Tongariro Crossing Lodge works with local shuttle operators to provide transport to and from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing for our guests.

They’ll pick up and drop off at various locations on the way there and back. Staying in National Park, Owhango, Whakapapa or Ohakune will increase your morning travel time. It can take an extra 30 minutes or more to get to the start of the Crossing. The reason for this is you’ll drive to Ketetahi, find a park, find your shuttle and travel back to the start in the shuttle.

How many people walk the Tongariro Crossing each day?

The Tongariro Crossing is rated as a world class one day walk and is attracting up to 3000 walkers per day at peak season. The Tongariro Crossing is rated as a world class one day walk and is attracting up to 3000 walkers per day at peak season.

You can be sure that your car will be there when you need it – and you won’t have to wait for another shuttle service. The car park closes at 7pm, which is ample time to get back. Vehicle crowding at both ends of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing has adversely impacted on people’s enjoyment of this world-famous day hike, recently designated as a new walk,says DOC. Why leave Taupo at 5am to go to National Park? We are 80 minutes drive from Taupo, 40 minutes drive from Turangi, and 30 min from Ohakune and Taumarunui. Tongariro Crossing Shuttles are local to the

What does Tongariro mean in English?

The name Tongariro is derived from the Māori words ‘tonga’ meaning ‘south wind’ and ‘riro’ meaning ‘carried away’. Tongariro National Park was the first national park in the world to be ‘gifted’ by a country’s indigenous people.

The park is rich in both cultural identity as well as stunning, inspiring natural scenery. Book your shuttle today and discover the natural wonders of the Tongariro National Park. When you book a spot in the car park, your shuttle to the start of the crossing is included, so it’s super easy. Shuttle services operate from Whakapapa Village, National Park Village, Turangi, Taupo, Ohakune and Raetihi. They pick up visitors at the Ketetahi Road End at the end of their hike and take them to Mangatepopo Road Road. Information about all approved operators can be found on the DOC website and at i-sites in the region.