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$24.25 Outdoor Activities

Full-Day Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike

Often described as one of the best day hikes in New Zealand, this tour provides an opportunity to experience some of the most scenic and active volcanic areas of the park. It takes 6-8 hours to do the main track. The extra optional side summit of Mt Ngauruhoe is 2 hours and Mt Tongariro is 1.5 hours.The track winds up the Mangatepopo Valley to the saddle between Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. It climbs to the Red Crater, then drops down to the vivid Emerald Lakes. After passing the Blue Lake, the track descends around the northern slope of Tongariro, then descends further in a zig-zag to the Ketetahi Hut. From the hut, the track continues down the mountain through tussock plains, then into the native forest to the end of the track.There are a range of different transport options available to you. If you are staying in Taupo or Turangi there is a return shuttle service to your hotel and back. If you are just outside of these areas you can get a return shuttle from an i-SITE in in Taupo or Turangi. Hire gear is available on the bus in the morning.Choose the Base Camp option if you wish to be picked up from our Base Camp and returned there after the hike. Base Camp is a secure car park in front of the Tongariro Holiday Park. Hire gear available in the bus.Choose the Ketetahi option if you wish to be more independent. With this option, you’ll drive your car to the end of the track where we will meet you. From here we will take you to the beginning of the track where you can hike the entire track back to your car. This option allows you as much time as you want on the hike, however, gear is not available for hire.Regardless of which option you choose, a map and information sheet will be provided to you to help you plan and prepare for your day. It will outline safety considerations and help remind you to look after the beautiful National Park during your hike.

$103.23 Water Sports

Tongariro White Water Rafting from Taupo and Turangi

After you reach the river base, your guide will provide you with rafting gear. Once dressed for the river, one of your professional Kiwi river guides will give you a full safety briefing before you load onto your vehicle for the twenty minute drive up to the river. During the drive to the river, one of the guides will point out the many amazing landmarks along the way and tell you of the Maori history,myths and legends associated with the area. At the river, we will grab some great shots of you and the group and then set you off on your adventure. You will raft over 9 miles (14km), through over 50 class 3 rapids. Three-quarters of the way down the river, you will pull over and visit a hidden waterfall. Here you'll walk up a small side stream for approximately five minutes until arriving at a beautiful two tiered waterfall. Here you can choose to climb a short rope and jump off the waterfall into the pool below (weather permitting). This proves to be a highlight for most, adding another 25 minutes to the trip. If the weather is not suitable for the Waterfall excursion then we offer a different optional cliff jump.After the waterfall excursion, you'll float through the longest flat part on the river and enjoy hot chocolate and chocolate candy before taking on the last 30 minutes of the journey. At the last rapid we collect some fantastic action photos of you rafting. Once off the river, you will be transported back to our base for a hot shower. Once changed, you can enjoy a complimentary cold beer/soda or hot mulled wine as well as a river dog (hot dog) while taking a look at your trip's photos. A river guide will host you, thanking you and bidding you farewell once the tour is complete.

$275.74 Outdoor Activities

Vertical Mayhem - Raft & Bungy Combo

Who says roller coasters can’t be in water? Over 50 Grade 3 Rapids. Over 14km of white-water awesomeness. A massive volcanic gorge. New Zealand's Best Rafting Guides. An incredible New Zealand 'Must-Do' Activity. New Zealand’s best rafting adventure, on New Zealand’s most pristine and exciting river the mighty Tongariro with New Zealand’s best Rafting Company, Rafting New Zealand. Then… Are you built for it? Can you hack it? 47 metres high and no turning back... The North Island's most popular bungy jump is a real blast. Jump from the unique cantilever platform projects out from the cliff-top, above the inviting waters of the Waikato River below. Truly incredible!

$307.61 Outdoor Activities

Executive Decision - Raft and Heli Scenic Flight

Taupo is such a magnificent area, the lake itself is the size of Singapore and at either end of it rest spectacular adventures to ensure you’re not only on the edge of your seat, but also get time to take in the contrast of the area, from native untouched bush and pristine water to a bustling township.   There’s no better way to experience both by first getting up-close-and-personal with the mighty Tongariro River. Over 50 rapids of pure adrenaline; 14kms of scenic beauty as you weave through a volcanic gorge with the aid of New Zealand’s best Raft Guides and New Zealand’s best rafting company, Rafting New Zealand.   Then, experience the thrill of a helicopter flight whilst taking in the breath-taking views of the northern end of Lake Taupo, the foreshore and township. Fly over one of Taupo’s little known treasures, the boat harbour and start of the mighty Waikato River. Last but not least, the iconic Huka Falls!

$310.38 Water Sports

Double Trouble Ultimate Rafting Weekend

Hold on!   What’s better than rafting one river? Rafting 2 rivers! Let’s start with the Tongariro River, a Grade 3 river that is world-famous for it’s awesome rapids, it’s beautiful scenery and its incredible history. And there is no better way to experience the mighty Tongariro river than with New Zealand’s best rafting company, Rafting New Zealand. 14kms and over 50 rapids of excitement and adrenaline, no wonder it’s considered a New Zealand ‘must do’ for any tourist or group.   Now….Get ready to scream!   With rapids like the "Roller Coaster" and "Mothers Nightmare", the Wairoa River produces the most action packed Grade 5 rafting in New Zealand. You’ll definitely want to raft this one – and the world-famous guides from Rafting New Zealand can get you through.   So, if you want to experience the most thrilling whitewater action, then the Double-Trouble Ultimate Weekend is the rafting adventure for you.  

$137.87 Outdoor Activities

Surf & Turf - Raft and Mountain Bike Combo

This is Taupo’s take on Surf-and-turf.  Ride the 50+ Grade 3 Rapids of the mighty Tongariro River as it weaves through an awe-inspiring Volcanic gorge formed from thousands of years of lava flow, only to now be populated with New Zealand’s most pure and cleanest waters and rafted by New Zealand’s best Rafting company, Rafting New Zealand.  Afterwards, re-trace your travels with the help of a Mountain Bike enabling you to travel parts of the same gorge, looking down on the spectacular views and the awesome might of the river you’ve just conquered. Or use your hireage at the other end of the lake, in Taupo and experience the great Mountain Bike trails Taupo has.  

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