Tongariro Alpine Crossing Transport, Guides & Services

Shuttle Transport Recommended For The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Visitors are strongly recommended to not park their vehicles at either end of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing but park and ride with licensed operators from the townships nearby such as National Park Village & Whakapapa Village.

There is a 4-hour parking restriction in place at both the Mangatepopo and Ketetahi road ends to allow for those doing shorter walks. However, for those hiking the entire Tongariro Alpine Crossing, shuttle operators, which are approved by the Department of Conservation, will not only provide timely shuttle transport but also provide expert safety knowledge on the walk and the weather . They will also provide back-up should you suffer a mishap during the day.

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Tongariro Track Transport leaves daily from National Park Village, weather permitting.


Our Alpine Rental and Ski Shop is the place to go for all the gear you need on our mountains, whether you're skiing, snowboarding, hiking or just exploring. Our summer shop offers hiking gear and boots rentals, shuttle bookings and free day parking. In winter, we are a full ski and snowboard shop, hire and workshop with one of the largest selections of gear in the North Island. Winter and summer we are here to ensure you are equipped to have a fantastic time on Mt Ruapehu and in the Tongariro National Park.

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Ride in comfort and safety on our modern air-conditioned and seat-belted buses to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Whakapapa Skifield.

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Tongariro Volcanic Adventures is a transport service based at National Park Backpackers. We offer transport between the village and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (summer and winter), Whakapapa Village, Whakapapa ski field at the Top of the Bruce Road, the 42 Traverse and Fishers Track. Other locations on request.

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Summit Shuttles is a transport company who pride themselves on a quality, friendly service; getting you to your mountain destination at any time, any day of the week. We transport to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing plus Ruapehu & the surrounding areas.

Guided Tours

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Best schedule around. 6am-7am-8am-9am-10am departures from October to May for freedom hiking on the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. We provide all day shuttles to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Guided Tours

Guided hiking & personalised Tours – Tongariro National Park. Locally owned & operated since 2003. Tongariro Alpine Crossing – Guided Walks (Winter, Summer & Sunrise). Inflatable Kayaks & Rafting. (Whakapapa River). Caving –Tongariro Forest. Personalised service, small groups, flexible hours, avoid the crowds.

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National Park Shuttles offers a friendly service ensuring your journey with us is safe and reliable. We provide a daily shuttle service to the almighty Tongariro Alpine Crossing and also specialise in private transfers making it easy for you to get around quickly, conveniently and comfortably.

Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Winter

In the winter months, from May to October, snow and ice covers much of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track. If you are experienced in hiking with crampons and ice axe and in alpine terrain, you can trek the Tongariro Alpine Crossing during these months. Read more about the experience of hiking Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter.

Without alpine experience, a guided trip is recommended. A guided trip can be booked with one of these local and experienced companies operating from nearby National Park Village.

PLEASE NOTE: The usual shuttles services no longer run in winter. However, the four-hour restrictions on parking at either end of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing do not apply either.

" Just hang on up here mate — she gets a bit bumpy aye.. " Barry Crump