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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 traveling 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 visitor centres or see the list of operators below.

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  • Bus & coach transport

    Base Camp Shuttle to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    Base Camp is a car park between the beginning and end of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, just in front of the Tongariro Holiday Park. Park your car, hire your gear and use our shuttle for your return transport to the crossing.

    $55 Book now
  • Kayaking

    Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings with Canoe & Kayak

    Let Canoe & Kayak take you on a kayak adventure across stunning Lake Taupō while taking in all the beautiful views of the surrounding coastline and neighbouring mountains before getting up close and personal to the iconic Māori Rock Carvings.

    $115
  • Bus & coach transport

    Backyard Tours

    Backyard Tours transport services customers from Turangi or National Park Village 'Park n Ride' to Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa Ski fields and to hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing from Turangi or the Private Tongariro Shuttle Car Park on SH46.

    $50 - $100 Book now
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    Mountain shuttle

    We offer a one way Tongariro Alpine Crossing shuttle service hourly from the Tongariro shuttle car park at the finish point of the hike to the starting point Mangatepopo.

    $25 - $35 Book now
  • Walking & hiking

    Adrift Tongariro, Taupo

    We guide on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and on the other Tongariro National Park hikes year round. Adrift provides professional guides and instruction, transport and equipment for a 2 hour duration guided walk right up to a 3 day multi-day tour.

    $195 - $255 Book now
  • Ferries & water taxis

    Taxicat Adventures - Ultimate Great Lake Trails Bike Transfer

    Taxicat offers a unique water taxi transfer service for the Great Lake Trails.

    $65 - $86
  • Airport shuttles

    FourB - Great Lake Trails Shuttles

    Shuttle transfers for all sections of the Great Lake Trails in Taupo including booking the water taxi transfer from the Waihaha section in the Western Bays of Lake Taupo.

    $45 - $150 Book now
  • Cycling & Mountain Biking

    42 Traverse Guided E-Bike Ride

    Known as one of the best adventure mountain bike rides in New Zealand. A 46km Grade 3 guided mountain e-bike tour through the Tongariro Forest. The 42 Traverse takes you into sub-alpine New Zealand with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

    $299 Book now
  • Breweries

    Beehave! Craft Meadery

    Naughty humans have been fermenting honey and turning it into mead for 8,000 years give or take. At Beehave Meadery we’re using this ancient indulgence as a launching pad for the exploration of flavour.

  • Mountain biking

    FourB - Great Lake Trails 2-Day All Inclusive Package

    Two nights B&B accommodation, meals and transport to mountain bike the Great Lake Trails over 2 days including the boat transfer from Waihaha on the first day and the K2K/W2K sections on the second day.

    $549 Book now
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