What to do and see in Ruapehu, North Island: The Best Tours

May 22, 2022 Elouise Mccaul

Discover the best top things to do in Ruapehu, New Zealand including Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk , Old Coach Road Self-Guided Bike Tour from Ohakune, Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit 4 Day Private Tour from Auckland, Mt Ruapehu Ski and or Tongariro Crossing Transport from Auckland.
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1. Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk

53 Carroll Street, National Park 3989, New Zealand Adrift Tongariro
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If time is limited and you are unable to spend the whole day walking the Tongariro Crossing, then the 4-hour Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk is for you. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Tongariro National Park with this half day tour. When possible, we will start on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track and head up to Soda Springs before returning to the start. At Soda Springs we give you the option to upgrade to the full day walk and join in with the full day guided party to complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. We will talk and show you all things relevant to Tongariro and New Zealand including recent and past eruptions, geology, flora and fauna discovery and settlement of NZ. These are the most popular Tongariro sites we choose from and include in the 4 hours: Lake Rotopounamu, Taranaki Falls, Silica Rapids, Soda Springs, Pukeonake, Whakapapanui River, Tawhai falls, Meads Wall.

Inclusions: Professional and qualified guide/s., All mountain equipment required (including crampons and ice axes during winter)., Footwear and clothing to supplement up to a NZD40 free allowance., Live tour commentary provided in English., Transport between the Adrift Tongariro base (53 Carroll St, National Park Village) and the activity.

Exclusions: Beverages, bottled water, or snacks, Lunch, Gratuities, Return transfers from Whakapapa Village are available on request for an additional charge.

Reviewed By rmtremble

What stunning day walking the Tongariro Crossing with Hiro as our guide. Professional, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to spend the day with. We would highly recommend Adrift.

2. Old Coach Road Self-Guided Bike Tour from Ohakune

TCB Ski Board & Bike, 29 Ayr Street, Ohakune 4625, New Zealand Ohakune Old Coach Road
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Ride along the historic Ohakune Old Coach Road at your own pace on this 4-hour unguided bike trail. This native bush corridor on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu is an exciting adventure, a journey back in time. Ride past the concrete piers for the bridge which crossed the Haeremaere Stream on the original railway alignment, the steel lattice Taonui Railway Viaduct, and enjoy expansive views across the Waimarino Plains and of the mighty Mt Ruapehu, magnificent Rimu trees and of course the Hapuawhenua Viaduct. A fantastic day ride for people of all ages and abilities.

Inclusions: All equipment including Bicycle and helmet, Air-conditioned vehicle, Unguided Bike tour

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Reviewed By NZBazza

Beautiful scenery, great trail with a bit of everything in it. Points of interest along the trail. Hiring of E-bikes was a great experience..

3. Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek

53 Carroll Street, National Park 3989, New Zealand Adrift Tongariro
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Experience the majestic Tongariro National Park and feel the crisp mountain air as you follow your expert guide across the Tongariro Alpine Crossing for a view of the volcanic landscape during this 8-hour trek. Soak in the snowy white expanse in winter or the lush, blooming beauty during summer on your 19km hike. Learn about the secrets and history of the landscape around you. Travel through volcanic craters, mountain springs, and vivid emerald lakes - natural wonders that leave you inspired and breathless. Notice the gradual change in flora as you climb higher in altitude. Witness the grandeur of Mount Ngauruhoe, which lies between Mount Tongariro, Mount Ruapehu. Your guides are well informed and keep you safe by constantly assessing the weather and track conditions, timing for your personalised pick-up, and other little details to maximise your enjoyment. Where possible, we take our clients away from the masses while making sure that the popular sights are still experienced.

Inclusions: Professional and qualified guide/s, All mountain equipment required (including crampons and ice axes during winter), Transport between the Adrift Tongariro base (53 Carroll St, National Park Village) and the activity, Lunch until 31 March 2021, purchase as additional from 01 April 2021 onward, Footwear and clothing to supplement up to a NZD40 free allowance.

Exclusions: Beverages, bottled water, or snacks, Gratuities, Transport from Taupo, Turangi, Ohakune, National Park & Whakapapa Villages available at a surcharge, from 01 April 2021 onwards

Reviewed By rmtremble

What stunning day walking the Tongariro Crossing with Hiro as our guide. Professional, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to spend the day with. We would highly recommend Adrift.

4. Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit 4 Day Private Tour from Auckland

Sky Tower, Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand TIME Unlimited Tours

See stunning scenery and some of the most fascinating film locations from the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies on this Private Multi Day Tour. Step in Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ footprints and explore the Hobbiton Movie Set in Middle Earth as well as the fascinating “Hairy Feet” Scenic Film Location. Marvel at the deserted fields of Mordor and see stunning Mt Ngauruhoe, also called Mt Doom in “The Lord of the Rings”.

Inclusions: Fully guided Private Tour in Mercedes luxury vehicle., Pick-up/drop-off in Auckland incl airport/cruise terminal., Tour times flexible to work in with your requirements., Complimentary snacks & water., All guide expenses (e.g. guide accommodation & meals)., All tours support local eco-cultural initiatives.

Exclusions: Potential entry fees., Guest accommodation and meals., Anything not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.

Reviewed By AylaS171

I had the best experience with Time Unlimited Tours, they were so prompt with their service. I had a group of 70 people getting transported from one venue to another. It was absolutely hassle free and my guests were very impressed! They were on time, so kind and helpful. Neill and Ceillhe are the loviest people and I just can't recommend their service enough!! 10/10 across the board. I would use this company again, ANY day of the week!

5. Mt Ruapehu Ski and or Tongariro Crossing Transport from Auckland

Cheeky Kiwi Travel

While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, we at Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it’s our small groups, guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember. With Mt Ruapehu Ski &/or Tongariro Crossing Transport get your mountain fix and ski/snowboard both sides of Mt Ruapehu or combine a Tongariro Crossing hike with 1-day skiing/snowboarding, all with guided return transport from Auckland. We pick up from several central locations in Auckland before departing on a fully guided tour to the North Island’s premier ski & hiking fields in Tongariro National Park. Led by our famously passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge, and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.

Inclusions: Return small group transport from Auckland, Refreshments in the vehicle , Return transfers from accommodation to ski fields or Tongariro Crossing start/ end points

Exclusions: Gratuities, Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking

Reviewed By M6828DUlisao

We enjoyed this tour from start to finish. It was a fantastic day out. Our tour guide Mani was amazing. He had such a wealth of knowledge and was so friendly and involved in our whole experience. I would have to say he has been the best tour guide we have ever had. The highlight of the day was our visit to Cathedral Cove ( such a breathtaking place) and Hot Water Beach. A very different experience for us

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