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The Classic Tongariro Walk & Whanganui River Canoe 3D2N, Fully Guided

The Classic Tongariro Walk & Whanganui River Canoe 3D2N, Fully Guided

The Classic Tongariro Walk & Whanganui River Canoe 3D2N, Fully Guided


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Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing & Mt Ruapehu, and paddle up the Whanganui River - New Zealand's only Great Walk by canoe! This is a unique and spectacular walking and canoeing journey for you to accomplish two of New Zealand's 9 Great Walks over three incredible days. This journey takes you beyond the clutches of modern civilisation. In it's place you'll find peace and quiet as well as dramatic alpine and volcanic landscapes, native forest and beautiful birdsong, and rich Maori and European history.

Rated as New Zealand’s best day walk, trek amidst the incredible Tongariro volcanoes is an experience not to be missed. Hike Mt Ruapehu, the highest (2797m) mountain of the three active andesitic volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park, and encounter up close old lava flows, active craters and volcanic peaks.

Explore the scenic beauty of Whanganui National Park paddling up the Whanganui River, a landscape of remote hills and bush clad valleys. Visit the world famous Bridge to Nowhere, and listen to the stories of the river and of years gone by.

This is a fully guided and all-inclusive 3-day walking and canoeing tour, hosted by experienced local guides. Your small group (maximum 10) will walk 6 - 8 hours and paddle 4 - 5 hours each day. You will only need to carry a day pack allowing more flexibility to immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes.

At the end of each day you will return to your accommodation, Chateau Tongariro Hotel, a 4-star historic hotel set spectacularly against Mt Ruapehu, in the heart of the National Park where you will enjoy great New Zealand food each evening. 

Your tour includes 2 nights' accommodation, all meals, expert guides with exceptional knowledge, all equipment required, and return group transfers to/from multiple locations (Please see the itinerary for the detailed pickup and drop-off location list).

Walking and canoeing...two great ways to truly experience the Tongarior National Park and Whanganui National Park.

Departure Dates:
Departure daily all year round on request. Summer & Winter Walk seasons are both available. You can book online or contact us for booking.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates and availability. If you prefer to have a private guided tour, please make enquiry for arrangements and cost. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 


    Tongariro National Park: Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand, located in the central North Island. It has been acknowledged by UNESCO as one of the 28 mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Sites. This recognises the important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features. It covers almost 80,000 hectares and features some of New Zealand's most contrasting landscapes.

    The three active andesitic volcanoes, Mt Tongariro (1967m), Mt Ngauruhoe (2291m) and Mt Ruapehu (2797m), are majestic and dominate the National Park. The Tongariro area has grown over the last 300,000 years and was formed from many different eruptions from at least six cones. Intense volcanic activity and retreating glaciers from the ice age, have all left amazing textures, colours and landscapes with the many stories of fire and ice to tell.

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track crosses remarkable alpine volcanic landscapes and is rated as one of the best day treks in New Zealand. Among its highlights are emerald lakes, panoramic views, volcanic craters and lava flows.

    Mt Ruapehu is the highest (2797m), of the three active andesitic volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park. The last eruption on Mt Ruapehu was in 2007. Some scenes of the fictional Mordor and Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy were filmed on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu.

    Whanganui River, New Zealand's third-longest river, has special status owing to its importance to the region's Māori people. The 145km Whanganui River trip is New Zealand's only Great Walk by canoe. Gliding down the Whanganui River in a canoe or kayak is one of the only ways to explore this extremely remote part of the North Island, the Whanganui National Park. Visit the famous ‘Bridge to Nowhere', and travel back in time just like the early explorers to experience the unique Kiwi natural and untouched scenery.
  • Accommodation

    Two nights' accommodation at Chateau Tongariro, a 4-star historic hotel set spectacularly against Mt Ruapehu, in the heart of the National Park. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the volcanoes & 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!

    You have choice of double or twin rooms with ensuite. Upgrades to executive spa suites, and single supplements are available at additional charges.

    Amenities include an elegant Pacific Rim restaurant, a casual cafe and a swanky mountain-view lounge/bar with a fireplace, a pool table and afternoon high tea service. There's also an indoor plunge pool, a sauna, a gym and a golf course.

    Please contact us for accommodation upgrades. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Food

    You will enjoy great New Zealand food during the walking tour.

    Breakfast A continental breakfast or cooked breakfast is included each day.

    Lunch A freshly packed lunch (sandwich, home baking, fruit and a juice) will be provided for you to enjoy on the track.

    DinnerDinners are delicious three-course (set menu) meals with a focus on NZ style cuisine at Ruapehu Restaurant.

    Alcohol is not included. You can purchase at the restaurant at your own expenses.
  • What's Included

    - Expert guided two day hikes and one day canoeing
    - Small groups of 10 walkers or less are hosted by guide(s), who have warm personalities and knowledge of the natural environment
    - 2 nights' accommodation at Chateau Tongariro Hotel
    - Great NZ food, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners. Dinners are delicious three-course (set menu) meals with a focus on NZ style cuisine at Ruapehu Restaurant
    - Plenty of sightseeings: stunning volcanic landscapes, past steaming craters, quirky coloured lakes and impressive dome volcanoes, bush-clad hills, waterfalls, towering river gorges, farmland...
    - Return group transfer from/to Taupo
  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • What's included

    - 2 nights' accommodation at Chateau Tongariro Hotel, a 4-star historic hotel set spectacularly against Mt Ruapehu
    - Guided walks & canoe each day with experienced guides
    - All transport and guiding
    - Return transport to/from Taupo
    - 2 breakfast, 3 lunches and 2 dinners. Dinners are delicious three-course (set menu) meals with a focus on NZ style cuisine at Ruapehu Restaurant
    - Small group of 10 or less
    - All equipment required (including crampons and ice axes for winter)
  • walk & canoe distance

    Day 1: Approximately 19 km, 7 - 8 hours guided walking
    Day 2: Approximately 10 km, 6 - 7 hours guided walking
    Day 3: Approximately 22 km, guided canoeing

    Total: Approximately 41 km
  • WALKING & Canoeing GRADING

    A reasonably good level of fitness is required for Tongariro and Mt Mt Ruapehu walking. If you are concerned about your fitness please let your guide know before commencing the walk, as there are options we may be able to offer if your concerns come to fruition. Walking time is about 6 - 8 hours including stops. No alpine experience is required.

    During winter and times of snow, surface conditions will vary from day to day. Crampons and ices axes are required and your guide will provide instruction on how to use them correctly.

    Whanganui River guided canoe is easy graded.
  • Gear List

    Summer Walk Season: 1 October - 30 April
    Water (1-2 litres), Personal medications (e.g. Asthma Inhaler, blister protection etc), sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, backpack per person, hiking boots/shoes, walking trousers, 1 light top and 2 warm top layers (wool, merino, thermals, fleece, soft shell etc. are good layers), Waterproof raincoat.

    Winter Walk Season: 1 May - 30 September
    Water (1-1.5 litres), Personal medications (e.g. Asthma Inhaler, blister protection etc), sunscreen, sunglasses, backpack per person, hiking boots, thermal longs and/or walking trousers & over-trousers, 3 warm top layers (wool, merino, thermals, fleece, soft shell etc. are good layers), Waterproof raincoat, Warm hat and gloves.

    Water (2 litres), Personal medications (e.g. Asthma Inhaler, blister protection etc), Sun hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Suntan lotion, covered sandals, shorts, light top, 1 warm top layer (wool, merino, thermals, fleece, soft shell etc. are good layers), waterproof raincoat, 1 set of spare warm clothing to change into at the end of the day.
  • Getting There

    The departure point is Taupo, New Zealand.

    By Road:
    - 3.5 hour drive from Auckland
    - 4.5 hour drive from Wellington

    By Air:
    - 50 min flight from Auckland
    - 1 hour flight from Wellington
    - Air New Zealand and Sounds Air operate flights between Taupo and Auckland/Wellington.
  • Weather and Climate

    The Tongariro National Park volcanoes, the Kaimanawa Ranges to the east and the high country to the south, all influence the weather of the park. There is no wet or dry season or month in the park. The weather pattern is highly unpredictable, and rain and snow can fall at any time of the year. Daily and monthly temperatures can vary greatly. At Whakapapa Village frosts can occur all year round. However, temperatures average 13°C with a maximum temperature of 25°C and a mid-winter minimum of -10°C. Click here forTongariro National Park Weather Forecast
  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to ONLYLUXE CLUB. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price. The current surcharge for all credit cards is 3% of the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. OCT 4 PTY LTD and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which OCT4 Pty Ltd or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure OCT4 Pty Ltd will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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