This summer it’s time to explore our own backyard and tick off some of those bucket list activities. The Tongariro Crossing is one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” and we’re teaming it up with the iconic Northern Explorer rail journey to give you a memorable short break.
The Tongariro Crossing is a journey across a remarkable volcanic environment situated in the Tongariro National Park. The 19km trek leads up to the saddle between Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro across a landscape of different coloured and shaped craters created during different times in history, past volcanic rocks, mountain springs and emerald coloured lakes. Take in the vast array of colours and textures created from mineral deposits released from within the Earth’s Crust. On your guided walk you will experience all the popular sights while steering away from any crowds.
This 4 day short break also allows enough free time to explore the Tongariro National Park. It also allows you to have a day up your sleeve in case of adverse weather conditions. There are an abundance of shorter walks that you can complete within an hour or consider these options:
Silica Rapids – 2.5 hours return to the creamy-white terraces found among moutain beech forest
Maungatepopo Valley to Soda Springs – 3 hours return. This is the first section of the crossing and a good alternative to the day-long hike.
Taranaki Falls – 2 hours return. The spectacular falls tumble 20 metres over the edge of a 15,000 year old lava flow.
We can also help organise a private shuttle tour of the area, or you might prefer to use your free time to rest after your Tongariro Crossing adventure, maybe book in a High Tea at the Chateau!
If the Tongariro Crossing seems a little daunting we can swap it out with a Half Day Walk or a Private Guided Walk. LOCO Journeys can tailor-make your holiday – just let us know!
In Scenic Class you’ll experience spacious reclined seats with generous amounts of legroom and comfort, panoramic windows, glass shelves and skylights. And to heighten your comfort, state-of-the-art airbag suspension has been used to guarantee a smooth ride across our rugged New Zealand terrain.
While onboard, you might like a stroll to the Northern Explorer Scenic Cafe carriage where you’ll find a great selection of hot and cold snacks, drinks and ice creams. Indulge in a freshly brewed specialty tea or barista coffee married with a sumptuous cake? Or perhaps toast your special journey with a bottle of bubbles or craft beer?
The Open-air Viewing Carriage is also great place to get some fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors while on the move. Capture the magical views on camera and let your short break begin!
Are you ready?
Duration: 4 Days
Price: From $975 NZD
Departure From: Wellington or Auckland
Departure Date: Selected days of the week till 31 Mar 21
Tour Type: Short Break
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