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The Classic Tongariro Alpine Crossing Full Day Hike, Fully Guided

The Classic Tongariro Alpine Crossing Full Day Hike, Fully Guided

The Classic Tongariro Alpine Crossing Full Day Hike, Fully Guided


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This 19 km world-renowned Tongariro Alpine Crossing trek is New Zealand's best day one day walk. The track leads up to the saddle between Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro, enthralling you with its rich cultural identity and dramatic natural scenery. This amazing day hike amidst the incredible Tongariro volcanoes is an experience not to be missed. You will encounter up close old lava flows, active craters and volcanic peaks on New Zealand's greatest walking journey. 

The landscape on Tongariro is peppered with the different coloured and shaped craters that have been active at different periods, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs, and brightly coloured emerald lakes.

This is a fully guided and small group full day walking tour, hosted by experienced local guides. You will only need to carry a day pack allowing more flexibility to immerse yourself in the dramatic alpine and volcanic landscapes.

No alpine experience is required.

Witness the incredible power of nature at close range, and you will soon agree 'The Classic Tongariro Alpine Crossing is New Zealand's greatest walking journey. 

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.

  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    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.
  • Accommodation Transfers

    The tour offers Turangi and Taupo pickup and dropoff.

    Summer Walk Season: 1 October - 30 April
    - Whakapapa Village: Pick up at approx. 8:30am
    - Turangi: Pick up at approx. 7:15am
    - Ohakune: Pick up at approx. 7:30am
    - National Park Village: Pick up at approx. 8:00am

    Winter Walk Season: 1 May - 30 September
    - Turangi: Pick up at approx. 6:40am
    - National Park Village: Pick up at approx. 7:00am

    Other pickup locations can be arranged at additional cost. Pre-walk accommodation can be arranged at the same hotel. Please enquiry at time of booking.
  • What's Included

    - Expert guided two day hikes
    - Small groups of 10 walkers or less are hosted by guide(s), who have warm personalities and knowledge of the natural environment
    - Lunch included
    - Plenty of sightseeings: stunning volcanic landscapes, past steaming craters, quirky coloured lakes and impressive dome volcanoes…
    - Return group transfer from/to National Park Village
  • DAY 1

  • What's included

    - Guided walk with experienced guides
    - All transport and guiding
    - Return transport to/from National Park Village
    - Lunch included
    - Small group of 10 or less
    - All equipment required (including crampons and ice axes for winter)
  • walk distance

    Approximately 19 km, 7 - 8 hours

    A reasonably good level of fitness is required. 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.

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing Walking Grading
  • 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.
  • 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

    Onlyluxe Travel 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 Travel.

    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 Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to 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 Onlyluxe Travel, 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
    Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

    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 Onlyluxe travel 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. Onlyluxe Travel 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 Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel 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 Onlyluxe Travel 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 Onlyluxe Travel 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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