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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttle
The *daily shuttle departs from Station Lodge / YHA Ohakune at 7:15am and shuttle guests to the start, at Mangatepopo Road end and pick them at the end of the hike from Ketetahi Road end at 4pm.
The shuttle can be booked at Station Lodge Reception upon check in. If booking in advance, we cannot guarantee the shuttle will be operating on that schedule day, until we can confirm the weather forecast.
The shuttle operator will provide you with safety information and a map.
New Parking restrictions for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Department of Conservation (DoC) has introduced a four-hour parking restriction at the beginning of the walk, in an effort to reduce overcrowding. The parking restrictions will run through the busy period, from October 21 until April 30 2018.
What will I need to take
Part of having a great time in the outdoors is to be properly prepared. The following clothing and equipment is essential for all walkers on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Be prepared for wet, cold, windy weather. Even in SUMMER Clothing and equipment Well dressed hikers at Red Crater You need plenty of warm and waterproof clothing to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Cotton clothing such as jeans, T-shirts and sweatshirts doesn't keep you warm - it is not suitable.
Waterproof and windproof jacket is essential in case of wet/windy weather. Waterproof overtrousers are good to have also.
Warm wool, polypropylene, and/or fleece base layers (tops and leggings).
Sturdy hiking boots or shoes with good soles. Boots are better as they give ankle support and are normally waterproof.
Food is not available for purchase on the track. Bring food that is lightweight and high energy, such as cereal bars, dried fruit/nuts, crackers/sandwiches, fresh fruit.
Water is not available on the track (stream and lake water is not OK to drink). Bring a water bottle or hydration pack of 1 - 3 litres.
First aid kit (sunscreen, blister kits, pain relief, band-aids/bandages, personal medications)
Sunglasses and sunhat
Warm hat and warm gloves
Map and compass or GPS. The track is well marked but you should have at least a basic map with you.