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How to Spend 2 Days in Tongariro National Park

How to Spend 2 Days in Tongariro National Park

You could easily spend a week in Tongariro National Park, a beautiful, diverse UNESCO World Heritage Site offering adventurous visitors countless outdoor activities. If you have only two days there, though, here’s how to make the most of your time.

Day 1: Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

**Morning and afternoon:**The 12-mile (19-kilometer) Tongariro Alpine Crossing is often called one of the best day hikes in the world. Get up early to get a head start on the trail. The first few hours are mostly uphill, as you cross a plateau with views of several active volcanoes. Stop for a picnic lunch beside a bright turquoise sulfur lake, and prepare for the descent. The downhill trail through native bush contrasts with the arid, moonlike landscape of the plateau. End at a parking lot, where your prearranged ride waits for you.

**Night:**Rest up. To rejuvenate your body and help prevent muscles from aching the following day, find a natural hot spring in Turangi or greater Taupo. Alternatively, seek out a relaxing massage. 

Day 2: Cycle the Ohakune Old Coach Road

**Morning:**Enjoy a leisurely brunch, then rent a bicycle so you can ride the easy-to-moderate 2.5-hour Ohakune Old Coach Road.

**Afternoon:**Hit the bike trail. The Ohakune Old Coach Road was constructed in 1906 to connect two ends of the North Island’s main trunk railway line, which were separated by rugged terrain. Revived for hiking and cycling, the trail features a cobbled road, steel viaducts, dense native bush, and views of the Central Plateau. 

**Night:**You definitely deserve a rest at the end of the second day. Find a bar or restaurant and savor a few local New Zealand craft beers or some wine from nearby Hawke’s Bay.

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttle Options

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttle Options

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Trek across stark volcanic terrain on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. This independent day hike takes you past Mt Tongariro with an optional side trip to the summit of Mt Ngauruhoe, located within the World Heritage area of Tongariro National Park. You’re provided with a round-trip transfer, map and information sheet to prepare you for the 6- to 10-hour trek. Early morning shuttle service is available from your accommodation in Taupo or Turangi, or from the Base Camp or Ketetahi parking lots.
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  • 8 hours
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Tongariro Self-Guided Audio Tour

Tongariro Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Download a vibrantly-narrated mp3 audio guide combined with a map detailing the area of your tour. Experience a hiker’s self-guided audio tour of the widely popular Tongariro Crossing. This tour will take you on a 7 hour journey through this cultural and geographical mecca of New Zealand. During this walk you will see huge craters and colourful lakes while being mesmerised by the beautiful and astounding nature of New Zealand.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Couples Tongariro Crossing Package

Couples Tongariro Crossing Package

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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of New Zealand’s finest hikes, a 12-mile (19.4 kilometer) trail past eccentric volcanic terrain, electric green lakes, steam vents, and springs. More than 100,000 people make the trek annually, but not all of them travel with the convenience of shuttle transport. This round-trip shuttle from National Park Village takes you to the trailhead and picks you up when you’ve finished the hike—so you can savor the moment and relax on the return journey.
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  • 15 to 20 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$247.02
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2 Hour Sunset Guided Walk

2 Hour Sunset Guided Walk

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Home to rugged peaks, deep crater lakes, and beautiful volcanic landscapes, the Tongariro National Park ranks among the North Island’s top natural attractions. On this evening tour, follow your guide along hiking trails to Mt. Ruapehu or the Taranaki Falls, and learn of Tongariro’s rich geology. As the sun sinks on the horizon, sip a glass of New Zealand wine and soak up spectacular views over the rugged scenery.
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  • 2 hours
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