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Tongariro Trekker

All-inclusive | From Auckland | 3 Days

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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!

All-inclusive  |  From Auckland  |  3 Days  |  NZ $1,599 inc tax

What's Included

Four start Accommodation | Luxury transport | Experienced local Guides | All Meals | All Activities | Professional Photography

Activity Level

A nice active tour with that will get you sweating but is worth the incredible scenery you’ll enjoy along the way! The most active part is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – this hike usually takes 6-8 hours and includes some moderate uphill sections.

Tour Highlights

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

Read the full itinerary below!

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day 1

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.

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day 2

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.

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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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.

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Day 3

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.

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Reviews: 

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"Tongariro Crossing: Perfect from start to finish. Great weather for the crossing. An amazing experience with Sole Ventures - punctual, professional, quick to respond, prepared for anything, and truly wonderful people. An added bonus was learning a lot about NZ through Sam and Danni. I’m an avid hiker who’s traveled the world, and this company is honestly the best. Highly recommend Sole Ventures and will definitely book with them again." - Christine, USA

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"Tongariro Alpine Crossing: WOW, what a fantastic adventure we had with family & friends doing the crossing! We had spectacular weather, spectacular views and an outstanding set of guides who catered to our every need & every level, being the least fit in the group, I had my concerns of holding everyone up but never at any stage did I feel that way, at every turn our guides Sam or Cole were either beside me or just in front making sure no one felt under pressure, they gave great info along the walk & provided a sumptuous lunch at the lakes midway through the walk, to top off the day they organized to finish up with a well deserved soak in hot pools back in taupo. In short, it was an awesome experience not to be forgotten, thanks Sam & Cole we will definitely be signing up for more." - Sharon, NZ

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"Tongariro Crossing and More!: The absolute best. Sam and Cole are the most fantastic hosts, guides and all round good guys. Their professionalism stands out - from their Sole Ventures coach to their expert knowledge on all things NZ. We started with our pick up in Auckland and managed to squeeze in a quick look around Waitomo caves which was outstanding! Sam and Cole made us feel like we were always at home, and always had the information for our never-ending questions! So full of insight. Their accommodation and food selections were outstanding. From the Chateau, to brunch, we always felt like royalty. We had an outstanding day on the crossing, with sun and smiles, and even a swim to cool off in Lake Taupo! Thanks so much Sam and Cole for an epic trip - I highly recommend Sole Ventures to everyone!! Will have to book a longer trip next time!" - Mitch, NZ

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"Amazing Trip: Our visit to New Zealand was brief but packed with great sights and activities all thanks to Sole Ventures! I really appreciated that Cole took the time to customize our own 3 day adventure and made it more than affordable. The Mercedes van that we traveled in made long drives comfortable. The hospitality that Sam and Danni provided was top notch. It was great that they even provided extra gear for our Tongariro crossing which was cold and rainy. Restaurants were delicious and accommodations chosen were cozy. Aside from the weather not being the best, I couldn’t complain about a thing when it came to Sole Ventures. I would absolutely recommend them for any tour/adventure seekers traveling to New Zealand!" - Jane & Kentaro, USA

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"Tongariro Crossing: Just the best. We were so lucky to have perfect weather for the crossing - February is a good time to go. I can't speak highly enough of Sam and Cole - their care and attention to detail is outstanding. Go Sole Ventures ! I will be travelling with you again. Can't wait fir the next adventure! Well done Sam and Cole" - Shirley, NZ

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"Private Customized North Island Adventure: We had an awesome time with Sam and Danni during our 3 day tour in New Zealand from beginning to end. We (group of 4) were initially picked up in Auckland in their high end Mercedes Van, where they took us to Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Tongariro Crossing, Lake Taupo, and Huka falls, then dropped us back in Auckland on the final day.

Everything was well organized and they clearly put a lot of thought and planning in to everything they do. Accommodations and food locations were also fantastic. We had a 3 course dinner and brunch at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel, as well as delicious food from other local restaurants throughout the journey.

Sam and Danni made us feel very welcome, were easy to talk to, and very knowledgeable about the area. We particularly appreciated their enthusiasm for talking about the history and culture of New Zealand as well as their interest in hearing about our experiences and sharing theirs. They went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable - ie making pit stops along the way and bringing snacks in case we were hungry. Sam took group photos of us throughout the trip and sent them right to us. They made sure we were well equipped and safe during our trip, providing rain coats for the crossing.

Service was top-notch. I would recommend them to anyone! We look forward to seeing them again on our next trip to New Zealand." - Joshua & Ye, USA

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"If you want a trip with energetic, competent, fun guides I thoroughly recommend Sole Ventures: In April, we organised a group of friends and family (9 of us) ages ranging from 16 to 62 to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Sam and Cole, from Sole Ventures were our tour guides. Everything about our experience was fantastic, from booking, accommodation, transport, food and the actual tour. Sam and Cole's enthusiasm was evident for the whole tour which was contagious even at 5.30 am. Sam and Cole were attentive to details, for example our warmth, water intake, and suggestions like using tramping poles. Along the trek, Sam and Cole motivated and gave us interesting and informative information about the area.We stopped at Emerald Lakes for lunch and it was fabulous. We were given a choice of fresh wraps, fresh fruit and a cheese board - yum! The trek was spectacular - stunning views and a great challenge. At the end of the crossing we had the van waiting with very welcomed cool drinks.

If you want a trip with energetic, competent, fun guides I thoroughly recommend Sole Ventures." - Toni, NZ

 

 

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