Tongariro Lodge Based 3.5 Day Guided Walk
Journey through a spectacular alpine lunar landscape on this Great Walk set in the shadow of volcanoes. Glacial valleys play host to emerald lakes, rock formations, alpine meadows and waterfalls in an ‘out of this world’ experience.
A wide variety of day walks amidst the dramatic alpine and volcanic landscapes of World Heritage Area Tongariro National Park, including the unforgettable Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake. Significant cultural heritage combined with arid badlands, crater lakes, sparkling rivers, breath-taking lunar landscapes, native beech forest and alpine meadows - this New Zealand hiking vacation is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!
Day One: Arrive Central Plateau
Pick-up from Rotorua central or airport approx 1:30pm, or Taupo 2:30pm.
Arrive in Tongariro National Park and become acquainted with the area and your guide with a short walk. Settle in to your accommodation with a glass of New Zealand wine, while the sun sets over the impressive Tongariro volcanoes.
Relish a delicious New Zealand style restaurant meal while you get to know your guide and the other members of your small group. Retire to a cosy bed and hot shower, ready to tackle the world's best day hike tomorrow - the Tongariro Alpine Crossing!
Day Two: Tongariro Crossing
7-8 hours walking
Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing - known as the best one-day walk in New Zealand and possibly the world. A challenging hike leads through stunning volcanic landscapes, past steaming craters, quirky coloured lakes and impressive dome volcanoes. Fantastic views over central North Island. Fair weather and a good level of fitness are required to undertake this hike.
If conditions allow we will have an early start on the track, so we can enjoy the pre-dawn solitude of the mountains and watch the sunrise over the volcanoes – a truly magical experience!
Lonely Planet recommends a walk amidst the Tongariro Volcanoes as "a life-changing experience not to be missed!" Your guides make this unforgettable hike even more memorable by sharing their local knowledge, setting a relaxed pace, and providing a well-earned celebratory drink and snack at the end of the track.
Return to our lodgings to soak your weary muscles in the hot plunge pool, before having a casual pub dinner with the locals.
Day Three: Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Climb
6-8 hours walking
Walk up Mount Ruapehu taking a chair lift up to 2000m, then hike up to the crater lake near the summit (approx 2 hours up to 2660m). The lake reaches temperatures of up to 60 C. Impressive views of the central plateau and all its volcanoes are afforded from near the summit of the North Island's highest mountain. This hike is very weather dependent, and may not be possible early or late season due to snow and/or chairlift being closed.
If you fancy a more relaxing day you will have the option of joining a guide and heading to the local visitor centre to do some of the shorter walks in the area, perhaps to the Tama Lakes on a section of the Tongariro Northern Circuit Track.
Tonight enjoy a final celebration dinner with your group in The Chateau's elegant restaurant.
Day Four: Rainforest & Waterfalls
3-5 hours walking
After breakfast we pack up and explore more of Tongariro National Park with a walk to the Taranaki Falls. Tumbling 20 metres over the edge of an old lava flow, which erupted from Mt Ruapehu 15,000 years ago, the falls plunge into a boulder-ringed pool. The track passes through an interesting range of alpine meadows and beech forest, with spectacular views of the mountains.
Then hike around the glistening Lake Rotopounamu, which is nestled in the side of an old volcanic mountain and totally fringed with lush forest. Walking Legends support an eco trust that are working to restore the native birdlife to this special area.
Drop off in Taupo approx 4 - 5pm or Rotorua 5 - 6pm.
$1590NZ per person
- Pick-up Rotorua 1:30pm or Taupo 2:30pm
- Small Guided group
- 3 days / 3 nights all-inclusive New Zealand hiking tour
- 4-8 hours hiking each day over varied and rocky terrain
- Carry a day pack only
- Includes: meals, snacks and wine; return Rotorua or Taupo transport; 4 star historic hotel accommodation; hot pools; chairlift tickets; raincoats & day packs; experienced local guides
Available on the following selected departure dates (subject to minimum numbers):
November 2017 - 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
December 2017 - 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
January 2018 - 4th, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
February 2018 - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
March 2018 - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
April 2018 - 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th