(1 day walk / 7-8 hours)
Daily Transport Service from the lodge to the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and pick up at Ketetahi.
Transport rate : $ 30.00 per person return
(weather permitting / not in winter)
Known widely as the best One-Day hike in New Zealand, the crossing takes in the most scenic and volcanically active areas of Tongariro National Park, passing between Tongariro and Ngauruhoe, Red Crater and the Emerald Lakes. Although only a day walk you must be prepared for quick and severe weather changes, temperatures can easily dropp below 5 degrees. November through April is the best season for the walk.
In winter the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is covered in snow and only suitable as a guided walk. For a fantastic winter experience contact
A two night, three-day trek around Mt Ngauruhoe, including much of the Tongariro Crossing, starting at Mangatepopo and finishing at Whakapapa Village. Each day offers different highlights.
In summer the huts have gas for heating and cooking as part of the Great Walks system. You have to bring pots, plates and sleepingbag.
Hut and camp passes are for sale at reception.
Whakapapaiti Valley – 4-5 hours
Tama Lakes – 4-5 hours
Mt Ruapehu Crater – 5-6 hours
Ohinetonga Track – 2-3 hours
Taranaki Falls – 2 hours
Silica Rapids – 2-3 hours
Lake Rotopounamu – 2 hours
Round the mounting – 4-5 days
Howard’s Lodge is the ultimate start for all outdoor adventure in Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu Skifields and Whanganui National Park.
The lodge offers a broad variety of accommodation ranging from budget rooms to ensuite rooms. Daily transport to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the 42 Traverse Mountain bike track, Rental of ski equipment, tramping boots and walkingpoles and mountain bikes.
National Park Village is located at the intersection of State Highway No. 4 and State Highway No. 47 on the volcanic Plateau.
Howard’s Lodge is ideally positioned, close to Tongariro National Park, Whakapapa and Turoa Skifields and the Whanganui National Park in the Central North Island.