Day One: Arrive Central Plateau
Pick-up from central Rotorua or Rotorua airport at approx 1:30pm, or Taupo at approx 2:30pm.
Arrive in Tongariro National Park Village and meet your guide for the trip during a short walk of the local area. Settle in to your accommodation with a glass of New Zealand wine, while the sun sets over the impressive Tongariro volcanoes.
Day Two: Tongariro Crossing
7-8 hours walking
Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing - known as the best one-day walk in New Zealand. 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, an early start on the track will be made, so you can enjoy the pre-dawn solitude of the mountains and watch the sunrise over the volcanoes – a truly magical experience!
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 your lodgings to soak your weary muscles in the hot plunge pool, before having a casual pub dinner with the locals.
Day Three: The Old Coach Road and Mt Ruapehu
5 hours walking
Travel around the southern side of Mt Ruapehu to experience some of New Zealand’s rail history on the Old Coach Road trail. Between 1906 to 1908 the road was used to carry passengers and goods by horse and coach, between two railheads on the main trunk line. Heritage features on the trail include a unique cobbled road, massive steel viaducts, a curved tunnel, railway bridge remains, and old campsites. The 15km walk takes around 5 hours, and also passes through some beautiful stands of native forest with sweeping views across the district.
If conditions allow, you will explore the dramatic, rock-strewn landscapes higher up Mt Ruapehu. At 2797 metres above sea level, the North Island’s highest mountain offers jaw-dropping views over the National Park with various short hiking trail options or catch a chair-lift up to NZ’s highest café (weather dependent).
Tonight, you will top of a brilliant hiking adventure with a final celebration dinner.
Day Four: Rainforest & Waterfalls
3-4 hours walking
After breakfast you will 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 volanic mountain and totally fringed with lush forest.
Your trip will then finish with drop off in Taupo at approx 4 - 5pm or Rotorua 5 - 6pm.
2021/2022 Departure Dates:
November 2021 - 16 and 30
December 2021 - 14
January 2022 - 4 and 18
February 2022 - 1 and 17
March 2022 - 3,
8, 15 and 29
April 2022 - 12 and 26