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Tongariro National Park

Hello Guys,

We are planning to visit Tongariro National Park in early March 2018. We will be staying in a hotel in Taupo. Not planning to book any tour but we are thinking of booking a to and fro shuttle. Would it be advisable to book flights from Taupo to Christchurch the same day by evening 6.20 pm as the day on which we are visiting Tongariro National Park in the morning?

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Good luck with that plan. Don't under estimate the crossing. Weather can ruin your plans well quick. If you are planning to fly in fly out same day its not possible simply because it will be nearly two hours to the start and from finish back to airport.

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Sorry re read it. Advice still the same you risk missing that flight.

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Rotorua airport is much busier, if that is the correct word, compared to smaller Taupo airport. If you are staying in Taupo, consider a flight from Rotorua to Christchurch the following morning.

Are you planning to do the Crossing or just interested in seeing something of the national park? Will you have a rental car to get to Taupo? Or are you arriving by bus into Taupo?

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"Would it be advisable to book flights from Taupo to Christchurch the same day by evening 6.20 pm as the day on which we are visiting Tongariro National Park in the morning?"

if you are only visiting the park that would work. Can you get a shuttle down there for a few hours or will you have a car?

If you are walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing then no. Staying in Taupo means a very early pickup of about 5 am to get to the track start and your return time will depend on how fast you walk. Add in the trip back to Taupo, collecting your luggage and rushing to catch a flight sounds really hectic!

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Thanks!

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