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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttle - Return Transport From Taupo

Kick start your Tongariro Alpine Adventure with a fast and comfortable shuttle service brought to you by Adventure HQ!


  • Comfortable shuttle transport
  • We will keep you up to date with the latest weather and track information
  • Pick up from your accommodation

Adventure HQ are Taupo’s most experienced Tongariro Alpine Crossing operator bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to enhance your day.

With over 35 years of working and playing in the mountains of Tongariro National Park, we understand and know what it takes to complete the best one day hike in New Zealand.

Providing a direct service and multiple departures at the end of the day ensures we provide the greatest flexibility, and, are more affordable.

We depart Taupo at 5.50 am and will have you at the start in no time at all. Our Comfortable and well maintained vehicles will ensure you arrive ready and raring to go. Rental equipment is available for those returning to Taupo, so you won’t go out under-prepared.

If you are wanting greater flexibility, have your own vehicle, or on a budget our One way service is for you.

Per Person $70.00

What's included

  • Return transport from Taupo to the Tongariro Crossing


  • Weather dependant.


  • This is a weather dependent activity. You will need to contact us 24 hours prior to reconfirm to your booking and to get a weather and track conditions update and if we are operating that day.

    Cancellations can and do occur at short notice due to weather.

    It is your responsibility to confirm your booking.

    Our Shuttles are on a fixed schedule and out of consideration to the people who have made the departure times on time they will leave on time.

    Safety: Adventure HQ will help you to be safe during your trek; we have the latest weather and track information and years of local knowledge. On site at Adventure HQ we have everything you need to be fully prepared.


    Be ready to depart outside your accommodation from 5.50am - please note your accommodation address as you proceed to check out

    Trip returns between 2.30pm and 4.00pm

  • This shuttle is for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing day hike ONLY. If you are planning on hiking the Tongariro Northern Circuit please contact the operator directly for more info.

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Miranda from Canada wrote on 26 February 2020

Highly recommend!

Excellent service! Picked up and dropped off right from my accommodation in Taupo. Drivers were friendly, well-informed, and got everyone to and from the crossing safely. My morning driver had everyone excited to hit the track, and my driver on the way back gave us surprise victory popsicles! Vehicles were well maintained with good heating/AC. Highly recommend Adventure HQ if you're looking to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

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Mehdi Nazari from Australia wrote on 10 February 2020

Adventure Q shuttle

Friendly staff and great service. Very efficient transport to and back from Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Helpful staff, especially in regards to directions and hiring gear for the hike. Overall a great experience.

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Evangelia from Belgium wrote on 26 November 2019

Awesome day!

The shuttle came on time in the morning and I was picked up at the end of the day when the first shuttle was full at around 3pm. We also got a popsicle which was more than welcome after a hot day. The driver was really nice and the weather was great for hiking. All in all, a perfect day! The only thing I regret is that I didn't think to download some Lord of the Rings soundtrack to listen to while hiking 😆

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Great pics - thanks!

hazelj2 from South Korea wrote on 06 November 2019

Good trip:)

I don't have a car and that's why I used this service, but even if I had a car, I would use this service because that start of Tongariro alpine crossing is different with the end. The staffs of this service were quite nice people:) they expained about that course, and you can borrow the boots or poles for free if you need. After it,they provided ice creams☺ that was good ending of my day haha Tongariro is not too difficult but still not easy too. Especially when I went there, there was so strong wind. That's very dangerous, I concerned to going back down seriously but that was also difficult tobme so I decided to just go forward to survive. If you think it is too dangerous to keep going, just give up. That doesn't mean that you are a coward or so weak. Safety is the most important.

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What a nice review - thanks Hazel - and you are quite right about making the right decision to go or turn back. There is no shame in going back. Great photo too!

Pierre-Antoine LAHAROTTE from France wrote on 28 April 2020

Great experience

Great Experience on Tongariro Alpine crossing and we even have the sun all day long. The shuttle was really punctual and they provide complementary equipments (jacket etc) to the ones who need it. Really kind people !

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