Our fully guided day trip starts with a pick-up service from your local Taupo accommodation at approximately 8:45am*. We then head out of town, around the south-eastern side of Lake Taupo to vantage points for some spectacular photography. A one and a half hour walk around mirror-like Lake Rotopounamu then offers the chance to be up close and personal with the region’s incredible flora and fauna. More stunning photography beckons. We then make our way to our lunch stop at an award-winning café on the Tongariro River, passing beautiful mountain vistas. Along the way, learn about the geography and history of the area. We even visit the spot where the famous Māori haka was first performed and gain insightful knowledge about important Māori legends. Any Lord of the Rings fans will also enjoy the chance to spot locations used in the filming of the movie trilogy. After lunch we complete a section of the Tongariro River Trail, taking in more amazing views and seeing fishermen at work. There’s time for one last stop for some final Instagram-worthy photos, then we return to Taupo to drop you back to your accommodation just after 4pm. With a maximum group size of eight people, each customer is ensured the opportunity to interact personally with their guide.
*Pick-up time may be 10 minutes either side of 8:45am, depending on location of accommodation. Customers may also request a pick-up in Turangi, at approximately 9:30am.
The price of the day trip is NZ$230. All transport, guiding services, mid-morning refreshments and hot drinks are included. Our lunch stop is at an award-winning café which provides both vegan and vegetarian options. Customers can either purchase lunch at their own expense or bring their own food with them.
What To Bring:
A moderate level of fitness is required for this guided day trip, of which approximately three hours are spent walking on graded Department of Conservation trails. Customers are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suitable for an outdoor environment. The weather is often unpredictable and can change without notice. It is therefore recommended to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm jumper or sweatshirt for unexpected colder weather. A water bottle is also advisable due to the amount of time spent on walking trails. In summer months temperatures reach upwards of 25 degrees Celsius, and in winter can drop to freezing level.
On the morning of your day trip, please be waiting in the lobby or at the entry to your accommodation 10 minutes either side of 8:45am. Once your booking has been confirmed, you will be sent an email with a more accurate pick-up time, depending on the location of your accommodation.