The Tongariro Trekker is an all-inclusive adventure to discover some of New Zealand's greatest attractions along with a few hidden favourites, including one of the best hikes in the world, the jaw-dropping Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, exploring Taupo, the raging Huka Falls and more!
Hike - The Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Discover - The Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
Explore - Chateau Tongariro & National Park
Visit - Tawhai Falls
Soak - In the Wairakei Terrace thermal pools
Enjoy - The Raging Huka Falls
Visit - The Huka Honey Hive
Discover - The Jaw-dropping Waitomo Caves
Visit - The picturesque Tawhai Falls (aka Gollums Pool)
After departing Auckland, we will start heading south with a stop to enjoy one of the best local cafés in Pirongia. From here we will make the short drive to the incredible Waitomo Glow Worm Caves to experience ancient limestone formations, underground rivers, giant freshwater eels, fossils, bones and of course thousands upon thousands of glow worms! The next stop is Tawhai Falls, a picturesque waterfall surrounded by lush native forest, then just up the road we will check into the iconic Chateau Tongariro. There will be time to settle in and relax before dinner, or for those that feel like stretching their legs there are a number of short walks that can be done from the Chateau. Dinner is a set menu in the Chateau’s Ruapehu Room and during the evening we will discuss the Tongariro Crossing for the next day and make sure everyone is prepared.
Today we will have an early start to beat the crowds on the crossing, there is a buffet style breakfast served in the Chateau Restaurant before we load up and depart the Chateau at 7am. After a short 20-minute drive to the start of the crossing we will begin one of the world’s most stunning day hikes! (see more information below).
Upon finishing the crossing and enjoying a cold drink and a round of high fives at the end, we will load up for the short drive to Taupo, here we will settle in to our accommodation and unwind. For those interested, we will head to Waiariki Terraces to enjoy soaking in the secluded natural hot pools – it’s the perfect way to relax and make sure your body starts recovering from all it’s hard work! After this we will enjoy dinner in one of Taupo’s top restaurants before heading back to the hotel for a well-deserved rest.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing winds its way through an incredibly diverse range of landscapes, you will find yourself trekking the slopes of Mount Ngauruhoe (aka Mount Doom), climbing ancient volcano craters, passing by active geothermal vents and eating lunch at the vivid Emerald Lakes, just to name a few highlights. This walk is a must do for all Kiwis and visitors alike.
The hike is 19.4km with an elevation gain of 786m and usually takes around 7 – 8 hours to complete. Conditions can change and make the hike more challenging but if you are prepared and have good guidance the walk is 100% achievable for most people!
For more detailed information on the Crossing click here.
First stop is a delicious café breakfast before we leave town and head to the Huka Falls. While the Huka Falls are a well know attraction, it’s always worth the quick stop! With nearly a billion liters of water flowing over the falls every hour (yes you read that correctly), they never fail to be an impressive sight! Next, we explore the Huka Honey Hive, a fascinating place that sells all manner of New Zealand honey products including liqueurs, renowned manuka honey, health and medical products. After leaving the falls we will begin our journey home, stopping for lunch on the way before arriving back in Auckland around 4-5pm.
All activities and entrance fees
Additional sightseeing if you’re up for it