Tongariro Crossing Shuttle Options
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The main trunk railway between Auckland and Wellington National Park Village and Ohakune. The train runs three days per week going south and three days per week going north. There are restrictions on the number of shuttles that can take you to Whakapapa Village. The nearest towns are Taumarunui, National Park Village, Ohakune and Turangi.
There is abundance of short walks, day hikes and multi-day hikes. Read more about check here. Guiding is not common during the summer months as the track is clear and well marked. It is very popular to self guide at this time of year with our map and information sheet to help you along the way. Side summits can be safely climbed at this time of year.
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It takes minutes to get to Crossing. The reason for this is you’ll drive to Ketetahi, find a park, find your shuttle and travel back to the start in the shuttle. Another reason you need a shuttle is there’s a 4 hour limit at the car parks at both ends.
Is Tongariro Alpine Crossing open?
UPDATE – TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING SHUTTLE
Shuttles are no longer operating and closed for the remainder of the season. Latest weather update – Tongariro National Park. For more info enquire here.
Many companies offer shuttles to and fro the Crossing. The way this works is you drive to Ketetahi in the morning and park your car there for the day. You’ll be taken to the start by a shuttle, then you’ll return to your car. There are return shuttle services that will pick you up from your Tongariro Alpine Crossing accommodation. You will need to book shuttles to start the hike. Parking is limited to just 4 hours.