Backyard Tours
Backyard Tours
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Nau mai Hāere mai Welcome to the heartbeat of Turangi Tongariro amongst our sacred Volcanic Mountains Pihanga, Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu like nowhere else in the World. Aotearoa New Zealand’s known best one day adventure hike to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with Award winning experienced local transport services. On Journey enjoy our learnings about Manaakitanga – caring & safety of visitors that's enjoyable and Kaitiakitanga – guardianship to preserving life. Shuttles & transfers are hiking self-guided with our recommendations to being aware & prepared. BOOK NOW.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Yannick S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    I booked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing from Turangi. The Transport was punctual and well organized. Gloria and Brendan did a great job of giving us the full Tongariro experience. After the Crossing we were treated with a nice cold beer and other refreshments. Can really recommend booking with Backyard Tours!
    Thank you Yannick for your great review. We appreciate your feedback of our services. Kind regards from us Backyard Tours Gloria & Brendan.
    Written November 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Alice_Lee
    Moscow, Russia67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Second time - still great
    It’s already second time when I book Backyard Tours for Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The bus is not big, comfortable. People are cheerful (extra thanks to Brendan for great atmosphere and safe pick-up/drop-off) and you get a free refreshing drink at the end which is good after a six-hour hike.
    How great are you! Thank you for your awesome review. Cool that you again travelled with us. Appreciation from us Backyard Tours 👍
    Written December 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 8, 2023
  • christopher_hardi
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Trip!
    Backyard Tours took us from a secured parking lot to the starting point of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Booking & pick up definitely 5/5! Just book online and you'll get all needed information via e-mail. In case of questions simply call. Worked perfectly for us.
    Thank you Christopher for your great review! We appreciate your customer service feedback, from us Backyard Tours
    Written December 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 13, 2023
  • 10810Kitkat
    Auckland, New Zealand32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All you need and more
    Excellent service picked us up from our Turangi accommodation and dropped us right to the door. Excellent communication and having a nice cold drink at the end of the hike. Would use again and highly recommend to others. Great to have a blessing and a prayer at the end. Some great snippets of local history too
    Thank you for your great review for the New Year 2024! All the best and Happy Safe festive holidays from us Backyard Tours.
    Written January 2, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 1, 2024
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Jennifer Monroe
McKinney, TX4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
After reading the reviews here, we decided to go with Backyard Tours and could not have been happier with their service! They picked us up right on time at our place, gave us lots of interesting information along the trip, and made it easy to contact then when we finished our hike. The Maori blessing was an added bonus! Everyone gets a little apprehensive about doing the Crossing and you don’t want to have one more worry about your transportation. Backyard Tours took our worries away! Thank you so much, Gloria and Brendan, for a memorable Valentine’s Day!
Written February 14, 2020
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Thank you Jennifer for your great review! We appreciate your feedback to enjoying our transport services where you do not have to worry! We Brendan and Gloria started our transport services 2012 with this NO Worries, Safety in mind first and to be enjoyable for our visitor customers. The little things that can make the biggest difference when travelling and that we are so happy to hear from you of this experience. Take care and all the best from us Backyard Tours family :-)
Written February 16, 2020
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Xander
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
Awesome - thanks for introducing us to your whenua. Couldn’t recommend Backyard Tours more - friendly, smooth and timely, easy as. We opted for the one way shuttle from Ketetahi to Mangatepopo to start our walk - leaving our car in their secure carpark to pick up at the end of the day. Thanks for your sharing of the cultural landscape that is Tongariro. Ngā mihi nui
Written January 25, 2021
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Kia ora! Thank you for your great review. Appreciate your customer feedback of our customer transport services.
Written February 1, 2021
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Jess L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
These guys are incredible. The owner himself drives the shuttles and Brendan is super helpful, kind, and friendly. You couldn’t ask for a better service. Better yet you couldn’t ask for better people to help make your stay in this area a good one. They went out of their way to help me this last week when my car broke down and I couldn’t be more grateful. Book with these guys!!!
Written March 2, 2020
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Thank you Jess for your great review! We are just locals lending a helping hand when was needed. Appreciate your kind words of feedback. Safe further travels in Aotearoa New Zealand from us Backyard Tours Brendan and Gloria :-)
Written March 4, 2020
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Alice_Lee
Moscow, Russia67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
It’s already second time when I book Backyard Tours for Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The bus is not big, comfortable. People are cheerful (extra thanks to Brendan for great atmosphere and safe pick-up/drop-off) and you get a free refreshing drink at the end which is good after a six-hour hike.
Written December 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
How great are you! Thank you for your awesome review. Cool that you again travelled with us. Appreciation from us Backyard Tours 👍
Written December 8, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

christopher_hardi
Nürnberg12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Backyard Tours took us from a secured parking lot to the starting point of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Booking & pick up definitely 5/5! Just book online and you'll get all needed information via e-mail. In case of questions simply call. Worked perfectly for us.
Written December 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you Christopher for your great review! We appreciate your customer service feedback, from us Backyard Tours
Written December 14, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Yannick S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I booked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing from Turangi. The Transport was punctual and well organized. Gloria and Brendan did a great job of giving us the full Tongariro experience. After the Crossing we were treated with a nice cold beer and other refreshments. Can really recommend booking with Backyard Tours!
Written November 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you Yannick for your great review. We appreciate your feedback of our services. Kind regards from us Backyard Tours Gloria & Brendan.
Written November 27, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

10810Kitkat
Auckland, New Zealand32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Excellent service picked us up from our Turangi accommodation and dropped us right to the door. Excellent communication and having a nice cold drink at the end of the hike. Would use again and highly recommend to others. Great to have a blessing and a prayer at the end. Some great snippets of local history too
Written January 1, 2024
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Thank you for your great review for the New Year 2024! All the best and Happy Safe festive holidays from us Backyard Tours.
Written January 2, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

NcAtTrip
Portland, OR64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Great shuttle service.
We used their private parking and transfer from their compound close to the trailhead. My only complaint is that the entrance/turnoff was not well marked with their tour name (maybe it was just us, but the sign had other things on it too, so we drove right past). :-)

However... they provide a 'free' cold beer or soda upon pickup at the completion of the crossing. Man, that alone was worth the price! :-)
Written February 13, 2020
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Thank you for your great review! This is our first season 2020 to work with 4 other local operators from out of the SH46 Security Park and Ride. The Security Car Park is NEW Management where under construction of new infrastructural upgrades including signage. Remembering in the heart of the Tongariro National Park for convenience of walking back to your own vehicle upon completing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The Security Car Park is monitored regularly after all persons pre-booked are transferred to the trail start. Currently Toilets available at the Crossing Start and End until full infrastructure upgrades are completed. Backyard Tours we do provide a cold drink at the trail end for our Turangi return transfers but sometimes we do make exemptions at our discretion :-) Thank you for travelling with us and all the best to you continuing enjoying Aotearoa New Zealand, from us Brendan and Gloria.
Written February 16, 2020
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DDDDD
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
As camp Mother, my issue- how to get eighteen 60 year olds from point A to Point B and back again for a fun night out wining and dining in Turangi- call Gloria and Brendan at Backyard Tours. Brendan arrived early, got us all on board in a friendly charming manner and delivered us to our restaurant. And after a great evening he was just a text away to pick the revellers and deliver back to our accommodation.
Fantastic local service all in the confines of a clean, well presented modern bus. Thank you for the ease of booking and the awesome service.
Written October 30, 2022
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Kia ora Camp Mother! We appreciate your great support and review to our customer services and transport services. Take care from us Backyard Tours.
Written January 17, 2023
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Peter T
Feilding, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
Thank you Backyard Tours for your amazing shuttle service getting us to and from The Tongariro Crossing.
You made it very easy for us and it was good to see you waiting at the end with a cold beer in your hand.
Yours will be the first business I recommend to friends and family if any of them head that way.
Written April 1, 2021
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Thank you for your great review. Appreciate your support.
Written April 7, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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