Welcome to Tongariro National Park

The National Park – New Zealand’s first – was gifted by local Tuwharetoa Māori more than a century ago. Long before it was granted dual Unesco World Heritage status for its volcanic landscape and deep cultural importance, the Māori believed that the mountains were strong warriors who fought among each other. In the process, they created the landscape that attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year. Visit once and you’ll understand why it was worth fighting for.

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Tongariro National Park activities

$24.13 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.

$102.72 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.

$261.97 Water Sports

Great Lake Taupo Mountain Bike and Kayak Package

We will shuttle you and your bikes from our Taupo Kayaking Adventures base in Acacia Bay to Kinloch, where the W2K section (Kinloch to Whakaipo Bay) of the Great Lake Trail begins. Follow the markers along the marina waterfront and then up a gully to Boojum Dell. The mountain biking trail climbs steadily up through native bush and onto the headland, providing great views across the lake and back down into Kinloch. At the junction of the Headland Loop there is a toilet and a map.From here you continue to ride down the undulating pumice trail through native bush towards Whakaipo Bay. There was no major importing of gravel onto this track, the surface is just the way a real mountain bike track should be. Looping around some contours on the hillsides there are excellent views of Lake Taupo and the Tongariro National Park to the south. Along the Great Lake Trail, listen for native birds and wind in the bushes at one of the nice viewpoints. There are some great fast flowing sections on this part of the trail.At the end of the track you will ride through farmlands, past paddocks of sheep and down towards Whakaipo Bay which is one of the last untouched reserves left on the shores of Lake Taupo. This place is so rustic and raw, you will be speechless.It is here at Whakaipo Bay where your gourmet lunch will await you, either on the shores of the lake or amongst the rustic land. After lunch your guide will equip you with your kayaking equipment so we can set off on our kayaking leg. A leisure kayak will bring you towards the historic Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. Your guide will explain the Carving’s cultural significance to the lake and surrounding areas as you admire and float beneath them. On your journey back to base you will be paddling over crystal clear waters below native bush, past steep cliffs and mini inlets.This trip can be run in the opposite direction as well, starting with the kayaking leg first. Tours include: • Guide / Full instruction • Top quality kayaking equipment • Mountain bike and helmet • Gourmet lunch and refreshments • Transport to and from tracks – from our base • Note: Please refer to our Gear list tab on our website of what’s you need to bring and wear.Time • 9.00am, allow 8 hours (6 hours riding / paddling time)Price • Min 2 persons at NZD $360.00ppBase – Meeting Point / Starting Location: • Unit 2, 876 Acacia Bay Road, Acacia Bay, Taupo

$34.47 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 naturally has our ‘Maōri blessings’ experience where everyone gathers together. A speech in Maōri 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 Maōri, 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 celebratory cold drink, or 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).

$271.62 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Taupo Cruise, Jet Boat, and Helicopter Tour

Starting at Taupo Marina, a 1.5-hour catamaran cruise glides you over the pristine waters of Lake Taupo, tucked into the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park. Snap photos of the landscape, including Maori rock carvings, while you sip morning coffee provided on board with Chris Jolly Outdoors. Then amp up the adventure factor with a  with a 12-minute scenic helicopter flight over the Wairakei Geothermal Fields with INFLITE Helicopters. Get an aerial panorama of the Craters of the Moon, see Maori rock carvings and hover above Huka Falls.Afterward, it’s back to the water to zoom close to thundering waterfalls from the water during a 30-minute jet-boat ride with Huka Falls Jet, speeding 50 mph (80 kph) and taking 360-degree spins on the Waikato River.

$65.50 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.

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