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Best Day Walk in N.Z

Best Day Walk in N.Z

Experience New Zealand's oldest National Park and a Dual World Heritage Site, right out our backdoor.

Let us take care of your shuttle.

Let us take care of your shuttle.

Experience stunning views

Experience stunning views

Tongariro Alpine Crossing can be enjoyed right from our doorstep.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Shuttle service available from

Labour Weekend. 

Tongariro National Park is a UNESCO dual World Heritage Area and was the first in the world to receive cultural World Heritage Status. (DOC)

Why do the crossing with us!

Door to door shuttle 

Travel safely and efficiently to the start of the walking track and be picked up on time at the end of the trail and transported back to the Lodge


Fast & Free WIFI to tell all your family and friends about your epic journey to Mount Mordor 


Soak your weary body in our outdoor hot tub, while taking in the clean, fresh mountain air, under a starry sky. 

Enjoy gooD company

Celebrate your achievement, and fire up the wood fire pizza oven and enjoy a meal with friends or treat yourself and dine out at the famous Powderkeg 

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttle 

The daily shuttle (October - April) departs from Station Lodge / YHA Ohakune at 6:50 am and shuttle guests to the start, at Mangatepopo Road end and pick them at the end of the hike from Ketetahi Road from 2:30, 4 pm and 5:30 pm.

The shuttle can be booked at Station Lodge Reception upon check-in
. Part of the shuttle fee helps the Department of Conservation with conservation projects. I

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. 


$50 per person, return. 

The shuttle can be booked at check-in

What to expect

How to pack for a day walk

What will I need to take when walking the Tongariro Alipine Crossing

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.

  • A 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.

Supplied by DOC website 

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