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Tongariro Crossing Transport

Different situations may cause us to change our pick up times. You must call the day before you are scheduled to go to check the weather and the pickup times.

You must wait outside your pick up location at least 10 minutes before pick up time so that you do not miss the bus. If you are not picked up on time call us straight away to ensure that we can assist. Waiting 5 minutes after pick up time is too late.


Timetable subject to change

Pick up Travel Time Cost Early Bird Standard Service Late Service
Taupo 1.5 Hours $70 5.20am   -
Turangi 45 mins $50 6.10am   -

Ketetahi Park N Ride 

(one way shuttle)

30mins $35 6.30am 7.30am 8.30am
Tongariro Holiday Park 20mins $35 6.40am   -

Tongariro Crossing Transport Timetable


Timetable subject to change

The drivers arrive at Ketetahi at 2.00pm and start checking people in. Please approach the drivers once you complete the track to check in. Once you are checked in you are then put on the next bus leaving. The last bus leaves at 4:00pm.  You must be off the track by 4.00pm.

Drop off Points Multiple Departures Between Travel Time
Ketetahi - Taupo2.00-4.00pm 2.00-4.00pm 1 Hour
Ketetahi - Turangi 2.00-4.00pm 20 Mins
Ketetahi - Tongariro Holiday Park 2.00-4.00pm 10 Mins



Summer vs Winter The most popular way to enjoy the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Summer is to self-guide and use our transport only options.  Guides can be arranged on request. During the Winter months, when there is snow and ice on the track we offer track safety options.  If you have booked a Tongariro Crossing transport only option and the track conditions change, you will be offered a full refund or the option to upgrade.  The same with the end of the Winter season.  If the track conditions clear we will offer you a partial refund to go on our transport only options or a full refund if you choose to not go ahead.

Taupo is set beside the northern end of Lake Taupo with stunning views of the lake and mountains. It is the largest town we pick up from and there is plenty to do in and around the town. We pick up from your accommodation if it is central or from the Taupo i-SITE if you are out of our pick up route.

Turangi is set beside the Tongariro River. Famous for fly fishing. It is a smaller town closer to the mountain. We pick up from your accommodation if it is central or from the Turangi i-SITE if you are out of our pick up route.

Tongariro Holiday Park Its a great option for those staying at the Tongariro holiday park or driving your car but need to hire hiking equipment 

Ketetahi Park n’ Ride. This is the easiest and most convenient service for hiking the track. First thing in the morning, park your vehicle at the end of the track in the Ketetahi Park n' Ride car park.  Then our shuttle will take you to the start of the track.  When you have finished your hike either walk 10 minutes back to your car or between 1-5pm we offer free continuous shuttles from the end of the track to the Ketetahi Park n’ Ride Car Park.  You can take as long or as short amount of time as you like to do the track.    Please note: there is a parking time limit of 4 hours at the Ketetahi and Mangatepopo Public Car Parks.  So if you are wanting the Ketetahi one way shuttle you must now park at the Ketetahi Park N’ Ride Car Park.  This way you can park safely all day for free.  

Northern Circuit If you are doing the Northern Circuit or require specialised one way transfers please call and we will do our best to accommodate.