Tongariro National Park
Tongariro Crossing Return Transfer from Turangi

Tongariro Crossing Return Transfer from Turangi

Badge of ExcellenceTurangi, New Zealand
  • 8 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take time to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, considered one of the best day hikes in New Zealand, with the convenience of round-trip transfers from Turangi. Plan to spend between five to eight hours on this self-guided hike, depending on your fitness level and pace. Your driver provides commentary during the transfers, and the package includes use of walking poles, a Maori cultural experience, and a cold drink.
  • Hike on your own with the provided walking poles and round-trip transfers
  • Check out a landscape with lava flows, volcanic craters, and alpine lakes
  • Hear commentary about the region during the drive from Turangi
  • Suitable for people who enjoy self-guided hiking on rugged terrain

What's Included

  • Transport transfer round trip from Turangi
  • Local friendly commentary
  • Naturally our local ‘Maōri blessings’ and acknowledgements
  • Free photography available from the social media pages
  • Free usage of walking poles
  • Free celebratory cold drink at the end
  • Hiking guide
  • Meals and drinks
  • Boots or Clothing

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Drop-off point

  • Mangatepopo Road
    Mangatepopo Road, Manawatu-Wanganui 3989, New Zealand

    Travel to Mangatepopo Road, the start of Tongariro Crossing. Finish at Ketetahi Platform, Tongariro Crossing track end, then transfer back to your Turangi point of pick up with your lifesaver the cold drink..

Pickup details

Please arrive and/or be ready at least 15 minutes before your depart time. Please inform us where your Turangi hotel / accommodation is for pick up. Or from between the BP Station and Turangi iSITE information center. Inform us at least 24 hours prior to your confirmed booking. Must be waiting out front roadside as you may not be alone, as others will also be on route.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • If you have any medical concerns please seek advice from a legal Practitioner before attempting any ‘outdoor’ activities. Participation is at your own risk and therefore no further liability will be made towards the transport operator.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

The crossing itself was difficult but what an experience of a lifetime!!


42 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Fantastic shuttle service and beyond
Gabriela_M, Dec 2021
Brendan and Gloria are friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. I highly recommend their services when you want to do the Tongariro crossing.
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you Gabriel for your great review and feedback. Always a pleasure to achieving customer satisfaction, take care from us Backyard Tours :-)
Best shuttle and experience
Angela_R, Apr 2021
The best decision we made using this shuttle. Genuine local people that gave information and history of the area. Fantastic communication at all times. Beautiful to have a local give us the karakia at the start and finish and lovely to know part of the money is going back into maintining that national park. 10/10
Response from Host, Apr 2021
Kia ora Team Angela, Thank you for your great review! We appreciate your support and feedback :-)
Tongariro Crossing Transfers
Johanna_d, Mar 2020
Excellent service! Highly rate and would happily use them again! On time, flexible to our requirements and great to have a cold drink on arrival at the other end. Thank you.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Thank you Johanna for your great review! Appreciate your kind words with your feedback. Safe further travels from us Backyard Tours :-)
sjs, Feb 2020
They accepted my booking even though it was too late to book. They helped me to have really good time in Tongariro Crossing.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Thank you for your great review! We appreciate your fantastic feedback of having a good time with our transport services to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Enjoy Aotearoa NZ from us Backyard Tours family!
If you’re able to this is an absolute must do!!
Andrew_M, Feb 2020
The crossing itself was difficult but what an experience of a lifetime!! Backyard Tours themselves were absolutely fantastic! The friendliness and knowledge and history of the area was incredible! The time to transport us to the base of the volcano almost went too fast because we are enjoying listening to the history of the people and the area so much! Great tour company with fantastic people😀
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Thank you Andy for your great review! To hear your feedback is exactly why we do what we do in love of our Culture and region to sharing with you our visitors. Making memories of a lifetime with your transport before and after your hiking volcanic excursion over the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is challenging and not an easy walk in the Park. Again Thank you and all the best from us Backyard Tours family.
Ken and Louisa's Adventure
Ken_B, Jan 2020
Drivers were good fun and informative and were also prompt. They drove carefully. The Maori prayer at the beginning and end was welcome. The free drink at the end hit the spot.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Thank you Ken for your kind words of review! Your customer satisfaction is our aim. We are pleased to hear your amazing feedback of our Cultural blessings once at the trail start and of course receiving the deserving cold drink at the trail end. Appreciate from us Backyard Tours Team.
Very good transport service
Dimitar_B, Jan 2020
We used this service for our Tongariro Crossing. We were a group of 7 and the bus driver picked us up exactly on time from the address we provided (AirBnb). He had some interesting stories to tell during the trip and on the return - we received free cold beverage (we chose beer). No complains at all, really good service.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Thank you for your kind words of review! Appreciate you using our transport services for customer safety and experience from us locals born and raised here. Take care and enjoy the rest of your holidays from us Backyard Tours Brendan and Gloria
Gloria and Brendan made sure that...
Alistair M, Jan 2018
Gloria and Brendan made sure that our alpine crossing was a walk in the park! We had plenty of good communication from BackYard Tours even to the point that Gloria suggested bringing our departure forward by an hour to avoid a thunderstorm, and she was spot on. All in all a great experience.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Thank you Alistair! We do our best for customer safety and customer experience. We acknowledge the little things that can make a huge difference. Thank you for your great kind words of review and for travelling with us Backyard Tours Brendan and Gloria :-)