The Tongariro Crossing is a one way track - you will need to arrange return transport. You will be away for most of the day. As this is a remote area, theft from and vandalism to cars left on the road is an increasing problem. We recommend you leave your vehicle at the lodge. We are sure you do not want to waste your holiday time in a New Zealand police station.
If you do not have the time to explore both of these National Parks then maybe some of following two to three day packages may suit you.
Adventure National Park have been delivering their great valued packages for over 10 years in the Tongariro National Park. They have their own Tongariro track shuttle service to the start of the Tongariro Crossing, the Tongariro Northern Circuit and many of the other walks in and around the Tongariro National Park. They are happy to assist in planning your visit to Mt Ruapehu the Tongariro or Whanganui National Parks.
In winter the mountains provide a huge playground for skiers and snowboarders at New Zealand's largest ski resort, whakapapa on Mt Ruapehu in the Tongariro National Park. In summer the area comes alive with hikers for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro Northern Circuit, around the mountain track and the Mt Ruapehu crater lake and skyline treks.
Many adventure seekers will mountain bike, raft the rivers, rock climb or just walk the many volcanic plateau tracks.
A great place to escape to!