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Join us this summer on a Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk, New Zealand’s best day one-day walk. The 19km track leads up to the saddle between Mt. Ngauruhoe and Mt. Tongariro. The landscape on Tongariro is peppered with different coloured and shaped craters that have been active at different periods, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs and brightly coloured emerald lakes.

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Summer offers a majestic landscape of recent resultant volcanic activity. There is a vast array of colours and textures created from Sulphur, Aluminium, Silica, and many other mineral deposits released from within the Earth’s Crust. In summer this track can get crowded and where possible, we take our clients away from the masses while making sure that the popular sights are still experienced.

Winter offers the opportunity to walk through the magnificent snow-covered landscape without the summer crowds. No outdoor experience is necessary, all training and tuition is given on the day. Crampons and ice-axes are supplied by Adrift Tongariro for a fantastic alpine experience.

This is a Tongariro Alpine guided tour. We do not guarantee reaching the Ketatahi end.  Safety regarding, weather, avalanche, ice and hypothermia are taken into consideration when securing our exact route for the day. For full terms and conditions click here.

We take all individual and group bookings. If you are travelling alone please book as we generally always meet minimum numbers, especially on good weather days.

Price per person: $285

Minimum age 12 years

Included

Guide/s, transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity, lunch (vegetarian available on request at time of booking), crampons and ice axes if required for winter conditions, $40 of clothing and footwear hire (boots $20, clothing $10 per item).

Adrift have available for hire personal equipment, footwear, and clothing to supplement that which you don’t have and need. Please see the “What to bring” tab for a full list of gear available for hire and pricing.

Terms and Conditions

For full terms and conditions please click here.

Timings

Tour starts and finishes at the Adrift Tongariro Base 53 Carroll St, National Park Village.

Summer 1 October – 30 April

Meet at the Adrift Tongariro Base: 8:00am

Return: 5:30pm

Winter 1 May – 30 September

Meet at the Adrift Tongariro Base: 7:00am

Return: 5:30pm

*Meeting times during October may change depending on track conditions and snow levels on track. It is essential that you call Adrift Tongariro between 10:00am – 5:00pm the day prior to confirm tour departure time. +64 7892 2751.

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.

Return Transfers

Return transfers are an additional service and cost over and above the tour booking and require a minimum of 2 to operate. For full terms and conditions click here. Summer (1 October – 30 April), Winter (1 May – 30 September).

Whakapapa Village $35pp

Summer Pick up 7:50am / Return 5:30pm

Winter Pick up 6:50am / Return 5:30pm

Turangi $125pp

Summer Pick up 7:15am / Return 5:45pm

Winter Pick up 6:15am / Return 5:45pm

Ohakune $125pp

Summer Pick up 7:30am / Return 6:00pm

Winter N/A

Taupo CBD $225pp

Summer Pick up 6:20am / Return 6:30pm

Winter Pick up 5:20am / Return 6:30pm

Gear List

Summer

  • Water (1-2 litres)
  • Personal medications (e.g. Asthma Inhaler, blister protection etc)
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack per person
  • Hiking boots/shoes
  • Walking trousers
  • 1 light top
  • 2 warm top layers (wool, merino, thermals, fleece, soft shell etc. are good layers),
  • Waterproof raincoat

Winter

  • Water (1-2 litres)
  • Personal medications (e.g. Asthma Inhaler, blister protection etc)
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack per person
  • Hiking boots/shoes
  • Thermal longs and/or walking trousers & over-trousers
  • 3 warm top layers (wool, merino, thermals, fleece, soft shell etc. are good layers),
  • Waterproof raincoat
  • Warm hat and gloves

Gear Hire

Adrift Tongariro has available for hire personal equipment footwear and clothing to supplement that which you don’t have and need including 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.

  • Boots $20
  • Clothing items $10 each
  • Clothing accessories (gloves, hats and sunglasses) $5 each
  • Backpacks $10 each.

Fitness and Experience

A reasonably good level of fitness is required. If you are concerned about your fitness please let your guide know before commencing the walk, as there are options we can discuss with you. Walking time is about 7 hours including stops. No alpine experience is required.

Re-confirmation

It is essential all clients phone the Adrift Tongariro base between 10:00am – 5:00pm the day prior to trip date to confirm tour departure time and discuss exact timings.  +64 7892 2751.