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Northern Circuit: 3-day Guided Walk 2018-06-19T10:37:43+00:00

Tongariro Northern Circuit

3 Day Guided Walk

The Tongariro Northern Circuit is a 3-day tramp/hike that is part of the Department of Conservation Great-Walks network. The hike typically starts at Mt. Ruapehu before circling Mt. Ngauruhoe. However, the circuit may be started from different points and walked in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.

The Northern Circuit showcases the best of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, while exploring additional explosion craters, lava flows, and volcanic wilderness. Highlights of the track also include the Tama Lakes, Taranaki Falls and the Rangipo and Otarere deserts.

This trek is a good way to enjoy the Tongariro National Park at a less energetic pace, whilst avoiding the crowds of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Mt. Ngauruhoe has had sporadic activity since its last eruptions between 1973-1975. Since 1839, Ngauruhoe has erupted 61 times with breaks lasting no more than nine years (until 1975). It is this regular activity that formed the perfect symmetry of its cone shape.

You will be required to carry minimal group equipment along with your own personal gear on this hike. However, we do our best to minimise the weight on your shoulders! Your backpack should not be heavier than 10-12kg. You may request a porter for an additional charge to carry your equipment if you desire.

Adrift Tongariro Northern Circuit
Adrift Tongariro Northern Circuit

Price Includes

Guide/s, transport to-and-from the Adrift Tongariro base, Department of Conservation hut or camping passes, all meals (vegetarian available on request at time of booking), nourishments and basic needs whilst on tour. Adrift Tongariro also provides all cooking and camping equipment.

Adrift Tongariro can hire equipment for the trip if you need it. We can supply suitable footwear and clothing for the conditions of the trip. This includes sleeping bags, liners and backpacks.

All transfers from Whakapapa Village, Turangi, Ohakune and Taupo incur an additional costs see details below.

Return Transfers

Tour starts and finishes at the Adrift Tongariro Base. Trip departures available all year on application and confirmation. Northern Circuit return transfers work in conjunction with Tongariro Alpine Crossing return transfers which can affect return times.

Return transfers between Whakapapa Village accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro base: $35pp minimum 2 persons.

Return transfers between Taupo CBD accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro base: $225pp minimum 2 persons.

Return transfers between Ohakune accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro base: $125pp minimum 2 persons.

Return transfers between Turangi accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro base: $125pp minimum 2 persons.

We endeavor to remove the risk of clients not having adequate clothing and equipment for the conditions. To achieve this we request clients to meet at the Adrift Tongariro base to improve both safety and service as this is outfitted with all equipment and clothing needs for the conditions of the day.

Summer Timings

Adrift Tongariro Base
Pick up 8:00am /Drop off 5:30pm

Whakapapa Village
Pick up 8:30am / Drop off 5:30pm

Turangi
Pick up 7:15am / Drop off 5:45pm

Ohakune
Pick up 7:30am / Drop off 6:00pm

Taupo CBD
Pick up 6:30am / Drop off 6:30pm

Winter Timings

Adrift Tongariro Base
Pick up 7:00am / Drop off 5:30pm

Turangi
Pick up 6:40am / Drop off 6:00pm

Taupo CBD
Pick up 6:00am / Drop off 6:30pm

  • Transfers are an additional service to the tour.
  • All times are approximate
  • Summer 1 October – 30 April, Winter 1 May – 30 September
  • Transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity is included in the price.
  • All return transfers between accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro base, an additional charge applies as per above.
  • We do not offer Whakapapa Village and Ohakune return transfers in winter.
  • All return transfers require a minimum of two persons to operate transfers.
  • All clients making their own way (self-drive) should meet at the Adrift Tongariro base in time for a 8am summer and a 7am winter departure.
  • If you have paid for transfers it is essential you phone the Adrift Tongariro base 24 hours prior to trip date to discuss exact timings. +64 7892 2751.

Gear List

Walking boots, socks (2 pairs), walking pants or shorts (not jeans), a waterproof rain jacket, 2-3 thermal or fleece tops, 50L backpack, 1.5 L water container, walking poles (optional), sunhat, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, suntan lotion, personal medical needs including blister tape and toiletries and personals for 3 days. For the hut at night: Sleeping bag, 1 set of spare pants, top and light footwear (crocs), head torch, a small book, cards or other if you want to relax at night.

Please be careful not to pack too much but please feel free to bring with you what you think you may need. We will check your gear prior to leaving and advise you if we think it is/isn’t necessary. Any additional gear can be stored securely at our base.

Gear Hire

Adrift Tongariro has equipment for hire. This includes footwear and clothing to supplement anything you may not have, or have forgotten on the day. We can supply: boots, socks, thermal longs, fleece longs, waterproof pants, thermal tops, fleece tops, waterproof tops, warm gloves, warm hats, sun hats, sunglasses, backpacks, walking poles and sleeping bags and liners.

Re-confirmation

It is essential you phone the Adrift Tongariro base 48 hours prior to trip date to discuss exact timings. +64 7892 2751.