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TONGARIRO CROSSING SHUTTLE

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Adult Ages 18+
NZ$40
Child Ages 17 & under
NZ$25

TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK SHUTTLE TRANSPORT DETAILS

Summit Shuttles provides transport from the National Park – Park and Ride Transport Hub. This is located south of the Station Café, corner of Findlay St. and Station Road, National Park Village.” changed to “Summit Shuttles provides transport from the Kiwi Camp carpark located at 1 Ward Street, National Park Village. Here you can securely park your car for free all day while you hike.

You drive to the carpark, and we transport you to the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (Mangatepopo carpark). You walk over the Crossing, which Lonely Planet has called “New Zealand’s finest one-day walk and one of the best in the world.” Then we pick you up at the end (Ketetahi carpark) and return you back to your vehicle.

This challenging trip begins at 1120 m, climbs the Mangatepopo Valley to the saddle between Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, and goes through South Crater before climbing again to Red Crater, the highest point on the crossing at 1886 m.

You 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’s end at 760 m.