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Ketetahi Park N Ride

Ketetahi One way to mangatepopo

Pick Up Travel Time Cost Shuttle Departure Times
State Highway 46 30mins $45 6:30am, 7:30am, 8:30am
Pick Up
State Highway 46
Travel Time
Shuttle Departure Times
6:30am, 7:30am, 8:30am

*Check in time for the shuttle is 30mins prior to departure

The ultimate guide to Tongariro Expeditions’ Ketetahi Park N Ride!

(Last updated March 2022)

Experience the Tongariro Alpine Crossing the Tongariro Expeditions way with our Ketetahi Park N Ride Shuttle Service. We offer discounted options for seniors, students and children, and when you book for groups of 10 or more. Follow our steps below for the ultimate crossing experience.

1. Book online

Our Park N Ride service for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing can be booked online, offering departure times of 6:30am, 7:30am and 8:30am from October through to May weather depending. Select your preferred time and complete our simple booking process to reserve your place.

2. Bring your own vehicle

This service sees you drive your car to the finishing point of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing at Ketetahi—no need to arrange transport from your accommodation! Travel in the comfort of your own vehicle, enjoying your coffee or breakfast on the way if you wish. Once you’ve arrived at Ketetahi, our bus will pick you up from SH46 and take you to the starting point of the track.

3. Choose your park

There is ample space for parking at Ketetahi—the end point of the track. Approximately 250 vehicles can park all day on the side of State Highway 46 for free, offering plenty of options for our Park N Ride customers—just avoid any areas with ‘no parking’ signs!

4. Say hello

To allow plenty of time and a stress-free experience, plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your designated departure time. Once you’ve parked your car, gathered your belongings and locked up, walk to our Tongariro Expeditions shuttle which is parked near the entrance of the Ketetahi car park on SH46.  We’ll give you a map and information sheet that offers great advice to keep you safe on the mountain.

5. Don’t rush!

Our bus will drop you off at the start point at the Mangatepopo carpark. With Park N Ride, you have the flexibility to complete the trek at your own pace, with no need to work to a fixed schedule in order to meet return transport. Enjoy a more leisurely walk, soak up the scenery, take plenty of pictures and stop for refreshments along the way!

6. Depart in comfort

After many hours of hiking, you’ll be pleased to find your own familiar and comfortable vehicle waiting for you at the other end. Depart in your own time, with no need to wait for another bus or shuttle to collect you and drop you at your accommodation. Debrief with your companion, hit the nearest drive-thru, wind down by listening to some music or start planning your next adventure!


To ensure your trip runs smoothly:

  • Please be fully prepared for the alpine environment and weather as we no longer have hire equipment
  • Make sure you park in the signposted parking sections on the side of the road when parking on SH46. Do not park in between the no parking signs
  • It is important to use our link to map location for the Ketetahi area of SH46 (here) as some GPS devices send people to the wrong spot. Know where you are going before you head off as coverage can be low in the Ketetahi area.
  • Make sure you have told someone where you are going and when to expect you back. Please carry a fully charged phone that you are not using to take photos.