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$24.15 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.

$102.81 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.

$34.50 Transfers & Ground Transport

Tongariro Crossing Return Transfer from Turangi

Your day begins when you are picked up from your centrally located Turangi accommodation dependent on which departure time you choose. With the local knowledge and stories, you are driven in the vans to New Zealand’s best one-day hike.  The earlier you start your day, you will enjoy the sunrise with lesser crowds. Smaller personal service. On transfer to the beginning of the track at Mangatepopo Road which will take around 45-minutes. You will arrive at the platform and have a unique ‘Maori cultural’ experience where everyone gathers together. A speech in Maori is given with acknowledgements and respect as well as singing a waiata song which is then explained in English (approximately 5-minutes in total). After the korero in Maori, and English, there will then be a team photo, first one for safety, second one for fun! This photo is available free from the social media pages and website. You can use the walking poles for free as you self-guide hike. Very useful when descending down from off the mountain or just to help to take that little extra pressure off your legs.   You will be picked up at the end of your hike in the afternoon from the end of the track at Ketetahi Carpark Road. You will be greeted with your choice of either a free cold drink of a bottle of water or New Zealand’s world famous L&P fizzy drink - your life saver!Be aware of the mountains live volcanic terrain and be aware of the weather conditions. Think smart and be prepared and equipped. Important information for your safety (5 simple rules):1. Plan Your Trip (Seek local knowledge and plan the route you take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect to take) Staying on track is advised. 2. Tell Someone (Tell someone your plans and leave a date for when to raise the alarm if you haven't returned). 3. Be aware of the weather (New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes). 4. Know your limits (Challenge yourself within your physical limits and enjoy your experience). 5. Take sufficient supplies (Food and water, 1st aid kit, extra clothing – avoid cotton/denim jeans. Bring sunscreen, wet weather gear, sturdy footwear, headlamp, toilet paper). What you 'pack in' you 'pack out' (bring back with you).

$65.55 Water Sports

Tongariro River 2-Hour Family Rafting Tour in Turangi

Your adventure starts at The Rafting Centre in Turangi, where you will meet your guide for the day. After meeting your guide and learning the basics of how to paddle and steer your raft, zip up your wetsuit and hop aboard. Soak up the scenery as you paddle down the lower section of the Tongariro River, where the gentle waters and small rapids offer the ideal terrain for a first-time rafting experience. After a thrilling 90-minute rafting tour, relax by the riverside and refuel with a hot chocolate (included), before being taken back to our rafting base for a snack and a chance to view all the photos of your adventure.

$274.39 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!

$306.36 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!

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