National Park Shuttles
National Park Shuttles
4.5
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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Organising your transport quickly and conveniently online makes it easier for you to plan your trek to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. National Park Shuttles will ensure your journey with us is safe and reliable. We are committed to providing our customers with the best experience possible.
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  • Ioannis K
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Would have been great if there were more frequent rides on the way back
    Booked a round trip for the crossing. Bus came on time, but was named after another tour operator and picked up customers from different bookings, so make sure to ask if that’s the right bus for you. On the way back, we were told by the driver that the same bus will come at 1.30, 2.45 or 4. We practically ran the entire descent trying to make the 1.30 bus and came out of the forest at 1.38 and the bus was already gone. All other operators were there waiting for finishing passengers for long periods of time, but this one does not, so if you miss it you end up waiting for the next one which only comes an hour and fifteen minutes later. Overall experience was fine, but I feel there should be more available shuttles or the driver should have the ability to wait for 10-15’ for more arriving hikers.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 23, 2023
  • Dave E
    Motueka, New Zealand7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great transport option for the Tongariro Crossing
    Great to deal with. Reliable service, good website, clear instructions, great staff. Massive advantage of being able to walk to our vehicle at the end of the walk so no time issues that you have with the other transport companies. Good to have secure parking, too.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 6, 2024
  • Lauren
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reliable, Responsive, and Safety-Focused
    Fantastic shuttle service! We opted for the return shuttle to drop us off at Mangetepopo to walk Tongariro Crossing and pick us up at the other end of the walk. They picked us up from the Park n Ride in National Park at 8:30 am on-the-dot which was excellent. The driver also checked everyone had the appropriate gear to walk the crossing successfully. Unfortunately, the weather past the Devil's Staircase portion of the walk meant we couldn't continue to the end of the crossing (snow, ice, and 75km/h winds at Red Crater 😨). A ranger/guide suggested we turn back, and we returned to the Mangetepopo carpark as the weather worsened. Once there we waited for about 10mins before some of the shuttle drivers checked on us to make sure we had a ride back with them to National Park. A full busload of us made it back to National Park within about an hour of returning to the start of the track. Tip: if you do need to return to the start, call the shuttle operator while you're on the mountain. I didn't have service once we made it to the car park shelter so couldn't call them, but luckily they were waiting there anyway since so many people were turning back. The shuttle drivers checked off each of their travellers from a checklist and cross-referenced them with other shuttle operators to ensure everyone got off the track safely. All the drivers did a great job making sure everyone was accounted for and getting shuttles out to the track start to pick up more returners.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 30, 2024
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Experience397502
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Good instructions for arrival. Efficient and very friendly service. Loved receiving a Mauri blessing before starting the hike. Car park felt secure with friendly staff at start and end points . A wonderful experience in a spiritual place
Written April 11, 2024
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markknights94
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Excellent service, simple to use from booking all the way to the drop off point. The coach was comfortable, the driver gave a quick brief on rules for the national park and was very welcoming
Written April 3, 2024
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Marie F
Auckland Central, New Zealand263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Our party of seven used this service for our Tongariro Alpine Cross on Sun 31 March - Easter Sunday. There was a large number of people doing the Crossing that day and people were being moved very efficiently between carparks. The emails and information were great. Very friendly people - definitely recommended!
Written April 1, 2024
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Lauren
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Fantastic shuttle service! We opted for the return shuttle to drop us off at Mangetepopo to walk Tongariro Crossing and pick us up at the other end of the walk. They picked us up from the Park n Ride in National Park at 8:30 am on-the-dot which was excellent. The driver also checked everyone had the appropriate gear to walk the crossing successfully.

Unfortunately, the weather past the Devil's Staircase portion of the walk meant we couldn't continue to the end of the crossing (snow, ice, and 75km/h winds at Red Crater 😨). A ranger/guide suggested we turn back, and we returned to the Mangetepopo carpark as the weather worsened. Once there we waited for about 10mins before some of the shuttle drivers checked on us to make sure we had a ride back with them to National Park. A full busload of us made it back to National Park within about an hour of returning to the start of the track. Tip: if you do need to return to the start, call the shuttle operator while you're on the mountain. I didn't have service once we made it to the car park shelter so couldn't call them, but luckily they were waiting there anyway since so many people were turning back.

The shuttle drivers checked off each of their travellers from a checklist and cross-referenced them with other shuttle operators to ensure everyone got off the track safely. All the drivers did a great job making sure everyone was accounted for and getting shuttles out to the track start to pick up more returners.
Written March 31, 2024
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Hazel A
Hamilton, New Zealand27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This company were amazing. Went above and beyond and very friendly. Wholeheartedly recommend for getting around the central plateua
Written February 29, 2024
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Nicky
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The shuttle was easy tp book, well organised and friendly. Weather prediction.from.our driver spot on, the advice and info about the Crossing was too, thanks so much
Written February 24, 2024
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Leah T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Absolutely breathtaking views and a great hike. Great communication and service from Thomas at National Park Shuttles. One thing to note is whilst the confirmation email says don’t follow the GPS to Ketetahi carpark, if you don’t know the area and come in from Turangi way it is quite confusing and many cars turn into this carpark. Nothing a signpost at the Ketetahi carpark turn off wouldn’t fix, if allowed.
Written February 21, 2024
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David and Kate H
Chester, UK9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Efficient option to start of the walk spoilt only by the dreadful toilet in the car park. Given the price paid for the shuttle and 4 attendants on duty, keeping it clean should be quite easy. It was filthy and swarming with blow flies. Those on the trail were fine!
Written February 7, 2024
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Dave E
Motueka, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Great to deal with. Reliable service, good website, clear instructions, great staff.
Massive advantage of being able to walk to our vehicle at the end of the walk so no time issues that you have with the other transport companies.
Good to have secure parking, too.
Written February 6, 2024
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Companion05087188464
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Picked up from my accomodation on time on time, not too many stops along the way so got onto the crossing relatively quickly. Friendly drivers. No hassles. Would recommend them if you are doing the crossing :)
Written January 29, 2024
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