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Where best to stay for Tongarrio Crossing?

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Where best to stay for Tongarrio Crossing?

Plan to to this hike in April. Will we base ourselves in Taupo for 2 nights or National Park Village or even Turangi??? We have a hire car. Can to drive there or do you need to organise transport for this walk? If so, how much is the transport?

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1. Re: Where best to stay for Tongarrio Crossing?

You need to organise transport as the start and finish are many KM apart. It is not considered safe to leave a rental car at the remote car parks at the start so you are best to organise transport & accommodation as a package. Turangi or National Park would be better than Taupo.

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2. Re: Where best to stay for Tongarrio Crossing?

Here are some websites to check out for shuttles and accommodation or a combination of both;






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3. Re: Where best to stay for Tongarrio Crossing?

I'm staying in National Park - the shuttle is 30$NZ roundtrip.

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4. Re: Where best to stay for Tongarrio Crossing?

The closest place to stay is in Whakapapa Village, which unlike the town of National Park, is actually inside the national park. There's a lodge and a couple of upmarket B&Bs nearby.

We're staying a little farther south in Ohakune because I wanted to be in an actual town (and see the giant carrot). There are shuttle services from all points for $25-40 per person.

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5. Re: Where best to stay for Tongarrio Crossing?

I'd stay in Ohakune because of its proximity to National Park, many tourist attractions, local amenities, restaurants & bars. )

Since you have a car, travelling around Taupo - Turangi - National Park - Ohakune won't be arduous as they are quite close to each other.

I haven't done the crossing myself, but have heard a lot about it. I'm sure you won't be disappointed, have fun.

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6. Re: Where best to stay for Tongarrio Crossing?

Discovery Lodge is a great place to stay. They run their own shuttle to the start of the tramp and collect you at the other end. Great one day tramp. Be prepared for cool weather in April - after all it is a mountain environment.

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