The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a spectacular one-day trek across New Zealands Tongariro National Park World Heritage Area. The trek begins at Mangatepopo in the west and ends at Ketetahi on the northern edge of the Park. Alpine Hot Bus shuttle bus service is the leading Tongariro Alpine Crossing transport operator taking trekkers to and from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Their buses collect trekkers from Taupo Turangi and transport them to the Mangatepopo start point. Later in the day, Alpine Hot Bus collect trekkers from the Ketetahi car park and take them back to Turangi and on to Taupo. Alpine Hot Bus operate under a Department of Conservation Concession.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing starts as a gentle gradient up the Mangatepopo Valley to a steep climb to the saddle between the active Volcanoes of Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe, across South Crater and finally climbing up to Red Crater, the highest point (1886m) on the track. Then descending down to the Emerald Lakes (a group of water filled explosion craters), over Central Crater to the Blue Lake (an old vent) sidling around North Crater past the Ketetahi Hut and the Ketetahi Hot Springs and then down through the native forest to the car park.
Tawhai Falls Track
30 minutes in tussock environment
1.5 hours return via the Whakapapanui Track in a forest environment
2 hours round trip in sub alpine environment
2.5 hours in sub alpine environment
5 hours in tussock and alpine herb fields
3-4 days, 50 km, incorporating most of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, passing active volcanoes, craters, lava flows, the Tama Lakes, Taranaki Falls, and native and flora and fauna.
Hot Bus also runs a Lake Taupo Shuttle Service around Taupo to local Taupo attractions, an airport service and is available for Private Charters.
Contact us for more information and bookings.
Alpine Hot Bus operates under a Department of Conservation (DOC) Concession