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Taupo has so many spectacular places to see and activities to try that sometimes its easiest to let an expert take care of your itinerary. 

Whether you’re a keen golfer, skier or snowboarder, nature-lover, or travelling group keen to sit back and enjoy the ride together, a tour by bus, private luxury car, or on a bike can help you take in all the highlights of the region with minimum hassle.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Rated as the best one-day hike in New Zealand. Hike across a volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts – steaming vents, glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, alpine vegetation and vivid crater lakes, all with stunning views.

The best way to get to the start of the track is by shuttle. You can arrange transport through the Taupo i-SITE or Turangi i-SITE or see the list of operators below.

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  • Rental cars

    Thrifty Taupo Airport

    Choose Thrifty for competitive rental rates, a fleet of modern 5 star ANCAP safety rated vehicles, convenient on-airport collection & a team of friendly service-focused staff.

  • Urban attractions

    Great Lake Explorer

    Great Lake Explorer - Hop On Hop Off is a shuttle bus service in Taupo taking you to the local attractions in a convenient tour. There are so many great reasons why visitors come to Taupo, and we want to help show you the best of the region by making local transport even easier for you.

    $30
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Orakei Korako Cave & Geothermal Park

    Orakei Korako 'The Place of Adorning' - a spectacular Geothermal attraction. Lonely Planet Travellers Guide writes… “ Orakei Korako is arguably the best thermal area left in New Zealand".

    $39 Book now
  • Bus & coach transport

    Backyard Tours - Custom Transport Tours

    Nau mai Hāere mai - Welcome to our backyard. Visitor's journey is ensured whilst enjoying views and scenic historical sights in and around Turangi, Lake Taupō and the Tongariro National Park. Choice of activities or café styles can be added too.

    $70 - $90 Book now
  • Bus & coach transport

    Scenic Shuttle from Taupo to Mt Ruapehu

    Enjoy a scenic shuttle ride to beautiful Mt Ruapehu - home to New Zealand's newest and longest gondola - The Sky Waka. Experience the breathtaking views of the Tongariro National Park from the top of the gondola! Available year round from Taupo

    $49 - $75 Book now
  • Attractions

    Timberline Racing Siberian Huskies Kennel and Tours

    A unique opportunity to meet and learn about these beautiful dogs and see a live demonstration, have doggy cuddles and hear about their history.

    $30 - $35 Book now
  • Climbing

    Premium Tongariro Crossing Guided Walk From Taupo

    Our guides are personable, qualified and ready to guide you on one of New Zealand’s best 1-day walks. Adrift provides instruction, transport, equipment and gear hire. We guide every day and guarantee trip departures with wind, rain, snow and shine.

    $545 Book now
  • Airport shuttles

    My Waka Your Waka

    We provide transportation in and around Turangi and the Central Plateau in a way that is as unique as you are. Our schedule is flexible, and we will gladly work in with your time frame whenever possible. My Waka Your Waka- wherever you need to go!

    $10 - $400
  • Wineries

    Crafty TROUT Brewery

    Explore and discover craft beer and cider using Alpine Volcanic water. Tours of the first fully automated brewing system in the world. A perfect indoor activity away from the weather.

    $30
  • Sports

    Treadroutes

    Explore the New Zealand Cycle Trails with Tread Routes. We provide shuttles, guiding, bike hire and package trips on a wide range of trails. We have expert trail knowledge and all the gear to make logistics easy.

    $20 - $2,000
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