Explore the breathtakingly beautiful volcanic fields of Tongariro National Park with this half day Volcanic Explorer tour. Taking you on a 4-hour hike through the Tongariro National Park, you’ll be led by an experienced guide and taught about the region while you explore it.

Depending on which trail is taken, you’ll be treated a vast range of natural landscapes. With breathtaking incredible views, such as Taranaki Falls, Lake Rotopounamu, Soda Springs, Whakapapanui River and Silica Rapids. If the landscapes look slightly familiar as you start exploring then you’ll be pleased to know the National Park was a popular filming site for the Lord of the Rings trilogies. Your guide will not only walk you through but will also talk you through the Tongariro and New Zealand history including recent and past eruptions, the traditional regional legends and of course the Lord of the Rings filming sites.

Tours depart at various times throughout the year depending on the season (see More Info section) and include return transfers from the Adrift Tongariro Base at the National Park Village. All hikers are advised to bring at least 1 to 2 litres of water, personal medications and appropriate clothing and footwear.


  • Explore the breathtakingly beautiful volcanic fields of Mount Ruapehu
  • Lord of the Rings filming sites included and not included in the trilogy
  • Professional and experienced guide
  • Return transfers from the Adrift Tongariro base
  • Required safety equipment


  • Hotel transfers


  • You will have a $40 credit for equipment hire, any further equipment can be hired at an additional cost
  • Hotel and city transfers may be available from Whakapapa Village, Turangi, Ohakune and Taupo for an additional costing. You are able to contact the supplier directly to discuss (details on the voucher)


  • Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Tongariro National Park
  • The Professional and experienced guide will offer education and local knowledge of the geology, volcanology, flora, fauna and New Zealand cultural history
  • If weather and group conditions permit, walk up to Soda Springs on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track. There are a selection of alternate walking tracks which can be suited to most fitness levels
  • If anyone in the group is unable able to walk 4 hours on the Tongariro Crossing Track, the group can choose the option of driving to view points which require less physicality
  • Visit recognisable Lord of the Rings filming sites included and not included in the trilogy
  • Witness scenes like Meads Wall, Taranaki Falls, Lake Rotopounamu, Soda Springs, Pukeonake, Whakapapanui River, Tawhai falls, Silica Rapids. This, of course, is dependant on the track the group followed


  • Summer: 1 October – 30 April
  • Winter: 1 May – 30 September


  • Pick time up time will vary due to the changing seasons. An exact departure time will be provided and you can contact the supplier directly (details on voucher)
  • Summer morning departure will be approximately 8:00am and afternoon tour pick up being around 1:30pm
  • Winter morning departure will be approximately 7:00am and afternoon tour pick up being around 1:30pm


  • Approximately 4 Hours


  • Return transfers from the Adrift Tongariro base (53 Carroll St, National Park Village)

What To Bring

  • Water (1-1.5 liters)
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • Backpack per person
  • Outdoor shoes with grip
  • Walking trousers
  • 1 light top
  • 2 warm top layers (thermals or fleece are recommended)
  • A waterproof raincoat
  • Extra layering in winter recommended

Additional Information

  • All transfers require a minimum of 2 people
  • All departure times are an approximate

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking, however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you

For prices, bookings and to find out more about this amazing experience visit Tongariro Crossing Tour with Lord of The Rings Highlights Volcanic Half Day Guided Walk

For all of your accommodation needs Skotel Alpine Resort is New Zealand’s highest hotel located in Whakapapa Village at the foot of Mount Ruapehu. Conveniently located near the ski slopes. Book your Whakapapa Accommodation with us here at Skotel Alpine Resort. 

*information including pricing is subject to change please check direct with tour operator for the latest information.