TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING
Alpine Lake Motor Lodge is your ideal base for exploring the world's oldest National Park and Dual World Heritage Site, 'The Tongariro National Park'.
The world famous and awe-inspiring Tongariro Alpine Crossing is rated as New Zealand's best one day trek.
The Tongariro Crossing is 19.4km of astonishing scenery which takes around 6 to 8 hours to complete. It is a one way traverse so transport is needed to take you to the start then pick you up at the other end.
We can arrange your Tongariro Crossing transport with the Tongariro Expeditions bus which will pick you up from and deliver you to our motel at the end of your day.
In Summer (November- May) pickup is either on the Early Bird at 5.40am OR the later time of 6.20am. In Winter (June- October) pickup is just the Early Bird at 6am.
We recommend the Early Bird service which gets you to the start of the Tongariro Crossing up to 1 1/2 hours before the crowds get there and gives you extra time to ascend the summits of Tongariro or Ngauruhoe.
Weather in the Tongariro National Park can change within minutes.
Expected Summer temperatures are 5 to 35 Celsius and in Winter -5 to 10 Celsius
- Warm clothing
- Rain wear
- Sturdy shoes or boots
- Sunscreen and Sunglasses
- Food and water
A cell phone is also recommended.
EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE FOR HIRE ON THE TONGARIRO EXPEDITIONS BUS
- Day packs
- Polar fleece jackets
- Tramping boots
- Walking poles
- Easy to use cramp-ons (in Winter)
- Water and wind proof jackets and trousers
Bookings are essential
We can make the booking for you and payment is made to the Bus Driver on the day. The crossing is weather dependant, so final confirmation is made by Tongariro Expeditions either the day before or the on the day of departure.
'Safety First' is the policy here and you can be assured you will be in the very experienced and safe hands with The Tongariro Expeditions crew.
Winter climbing equipment and attire is required and supplied with the Winter package price.
To reserve the Tongariro Expeditions bus please advise date and departure time in the comments box when you book your accommodation.
$59 per person return in Summer (transport only). A guided option is also available on request.
$155 per person return in Winter, (guided package including ice gear)