how do you get to the lodge from Auckland and how do you get to the hike/Tangaririo crossing ?
Tongariro Crossing Lodge (GPS Co-ordinates, S 39.17177 E 175.39840) from Auckland.
Auckland SH1 > Ngaruawahia then right after BP following signs to Otorohanga via SH39 > Once in Otorohanga take right turn on to SH3 Heading for Te Kuiti > about 15 kms out of Te Kuiti take left on SH4 , will be sign posted for Taumaranui and National Park, it comes up very quickly after a right hand corner, so could be easily missed, if chatting.
National Park Village is around 30 minutes from Taumarunui. When you get to the village take the very first road on your right, This is Carroll St and the lodge is located around 300 metres down street on the left just before the school. The property has several large trees out front so look for the white timber gates and colonial buildings set back from the road & Blue neon fairy lights at night.
Transport is easily arranged the night before and is currently NZ$30 return per person for crossing , with the bus picking up from and dropping off to the Lodge
Get an answer from Tongariro Crossing Lodge staff and past guests.