Map - Blue Line is the Tongariro Traverse
6-8 hours, 21km one way.
Side Track Tama lakes
This track is only available when the weather is not good for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Please email us to request more information.
One way Shuttle is $35pp. We pick up from opposite the Whakapapa Visitors Centre
Return Shuttle from Taupo is $70pp.
Return Shuttle from Turangi is $55pp
For return shuttles we pick up from the end of the track at the Whakapapa Visitors Centre between 3-4pm
Take a hike through Mordor of The Lord of the Rings. This is a full day self-guided hike that traverses the Tongariro National Park from the extreme eastern boundary to the heart of the park at Whakapapa Village passing between the peaks of Mt Ngauruahoe (Mt Doom) and Mt Ruapehu.
Highlights along the way are the historic Waihohonui hut;
The Tama lakes formed by old volcanic explosions,
and the Taranaki falls.
At the end of the hike, if time permits, visit the Whakapapa Village visitors centre to see the history of the park, or the village tavern for a well deserved break. The hike itself is easy with no steep ascents or descents – and with great views.
This area of the park is less susceptible to the severe weather conditions that can be experienced at high altitude on the crossing track – making it safer in marginal weather.