NEW ZEALAND TREKKING
Tongariro Trek - Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro National Park offers New Zealand's spectacular volcanic
Experience the majestic beauty of one of the world's most dramatic parks and the Tongariro Crossing. You'll enjoy walks through low-lying forests as well as the unusual rock, tussock and alpine herb fields, usually buried by snow on the upper reaches. And after each day's walk, you'll return to the comfort of New Zealand's most luxuriously elegant hotel - the Bayview Chateau Tongariro.
Here are the Packages
The Tongariro World Heritage Trek takes four days and offers an outstanding holiday experience. 3 package options are available which can be combined:
- Guided trek - Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Partial access due to volcanic activity.
- Guided trek - Mount Ruapehu Crater Lake.
- Guided trek - shorter walks Taranaki Falls and Tama
- 4 nights share / twin accommodation at the Bayview Chateau Tongariro.
- All meals including dinner and packed lunches for day walks.
- Transfers to and from walks.
- Guided trek - Tongariro Alpine Crossing - only.
- Guided trek - Crater Lake - only.
- Guided trek - Tama Lakes and / or shorter walks.
2012/ 2013 Summer Season Price
Total Package cost is NZ$Price On Application; per person, twin share.
Single Supplement NZ$Price On Application
Prices include New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Subject to availability at the time of the booking.
2012/2013 Summer Season
Treks commencing 01 DECEMBER 2012.
Subject to booking availability.
Check In Dates: Day prior - commencing the trek the next day.
Full Package Itinerary
The Tongariro Trek takes four days, returning each night to the comfort and splendid
elegance of The Grand Chateau. You'll be fully guided on all walks, and your
guide will explain about the areas of historical and natural significance.
After checking into the Bayview Chateau Tongariro in the afternoon, we suggest you visit the Whakapapa Visitor Centre
- it's one of the best in the country.
Pick up by the Guide at 9am from Reception. You will be taken to the top of Mount Ruapehu. Ride the chair lifts from
the car park to the Knoll Ridge Chalet, New Zealand's highest restaurant at
2000 metres. From there you'll walk to Dome Shelter at 2672 metres where you'll
see the famous crater lake surrounded by snow capped peaks with majestic Mt
Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe in the background. On a good day you can see
On day 3 you'll embark on what is known as the best one day walk in New Zealand
- the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Your route takes you past the active Red Crater and
onto the brilliantly coloured Emerald and Blue Lakes. And then pass Mt Ngauruhoe. 6-8 hours walking one way. NOTE: Due to volcanic activity the section of track between Emerald Lakes and Ketetahi Road remains closed until further notice. As a result the trek will start from Mangatepopo Road walking up to the Red Crater and return back to Mangatepopo Road. 6-8 hours return.
Day 4 is a reserve day, and you can choose from several shorter walks, including the magnificent Taranaki Falls, Silica Rapids and Tama
After enjoying breakfast at the Bayview Chateau Tongariro, there's plenty of time to pack
before you leave.
Departure Dates 2012/2013
Tours commencing 01 DECEMBER 2012. Subject to booking availability.
What to Bring
The first and most important thing is to be reasonably fit! Walks can be physically challenging, with some difficult terrain and steep climbs and descents. We don't recommend children under 10 walk the Ruapehu Crater Trek or the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Essential items include:
Woollen hat, sun hat, Alpine Jacket, Thick woollen or polypropylene shirt or sweater, Lightweight woollen or polypropylene singlet or vest, Pair of shorts, Pair of woollen or polypropylene longjohns, Pair of thick woollen socks, Pair of boots or strong walking shoes (not sneakers), T-shirt, Gloves, Knapsack, Sunscreen, Sunglasses and Terrain Map.
Useful extra to include:
Handkerchiefs, Spare boot laces, Camera and films, Notebook or Diary.