We encourage visitors to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing to book in advance for visits after 14 October.

You need a booking for shuttles and guided walks. Bookings are recommended for all visitors using any part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track including:

  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing full and part track users
  • Te Araroa walkers
  • Soda Springs track users
  • Tongariro Northern Circuit runners
  • Mangatepopo Hut day visitors
  • climbers
  • tramping clubs
  • school groups.

There is no cost to book. 

Visitors who turn up to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing without a booking will not be penalised and we will not be implementing a cap in 2023/2024.

Visitors who have a Tongariro Northern Circuit hut or campsite booking are exempt from booking through this system.

How to book


Complete the online form.

You only need to complete one booking per group. You will need a contact phone number, email address and the name of your group leader. The group leader will receive the booking receipt and necessary information on behalf of the group.

At a visitor centre

You can ask any visitor centre, local information centre or isite to make a booking for you.

With your walking guide or shuttle service

Your walking guide or transport operator might make the booking for you. You will need to ask the provider if they offer this service.

Booking confirmation

Once you book, you, your group leader or service provider will be sent a booking receipt email.

Ensure you save this email as your group will need to show a digital or paper copy to rangers at the carpark. 

If you misplace your booking, complete the online form again.

How to rebook

You can book a new date if you need to by completing the online form again. There is an option to select a rebooked trip. 

You do not need to cancel your booking if your plans change.


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 892 3729
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Postal Address:   PO Box 71029
Whakapapa Village
Mount Ruapehu 3951
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