Sunrise Trip: Tongariro Alpine Crossing 2018-06-19T03:54:52+00:00

Sunrise Premium Group – Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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Wake up, get hiking and watch the sunrise from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Your guide will take you safely along the track to the best spots in time to view the sunrise. On clear, crisp nights the milky way and shooting stars twinkle under the pre-dawn sky. As the sun comes up the colours and textures of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing are unveiled and you are rewarded for your early morning wake up.

The route taken on the Guided Sunrise Tour may vary from the standard route of Mangatepopo to Ketetahi. The reverse route (Ketetahi to Mangatepopo), or a Mangatepopo return trip may be chosen by the guides. We choose the route based on weather conditions, the time of year and your needs and ability.

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Price Includes

Guide/s, return transfers from the Adrift Tongariro shop in National Park Village, food and snacks for the trip, and a clothing and footwear hire allowance.

Pick up / Drop off from Adrift Tongariro Base

Tour starts and finishes at the Adrift Tongariro Shop, 53 Carroll Street, National Park Village. Trip departures available summer only (1 October – 31 May) on application and confirmation. Departure times will be advised in accordance with the changing sunrise times.

Pick up

These times vary in accordance with the changing sunrise times but are 4.5 hours prior to sunrise and vary between 1.30am-3.00am.

Drop off

These vary in accordance with the changing sunrise times but vary between 9.30am-11.00am.

All times are approximate. Telephone Adrift the day prior for exact meeting times and advise on the weather. Ph: +64 7 8922751. Transport between the Adrift Tongariro shop and the activity is included in the price.

Gear List

Water (2 litres), Personal medications (e.g. Asthma Inhaler, blister protection etc.), sunscreen, sunglasses, backpack per person, hiking boots, 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. While waiting for the sunrise, it can get very cold. Bring lots of layers to snuggle into.

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, over-trousers, thermal tops, fleece tops, waterproof raincoats, warm gloves, warm hats, sun hats, sunglasses, backpacks, walking poles and sleeping bags and liners. Gear hire prices are $5, $10 or $20 per item. We check and provide gear hire on the morning of your trip.

Fitness and Experience

A reasonably good level of fitness is required and to meet the sunrise we do need to keep to a moderate but steady walking pace. If you are concerned about your fitness please let us know when booking, as there are options we can discuss with you. Walking time is about 7-7.5 hours including stops. No alpine experience is required.


It is essential you phone the Adrift Tongariro the day prior between 3pm-6pm to discuss exact timings and weather conditions.Ph: +64 7 8922751

In the event that Adrift consider the weather to be of such a nature to expose the group to undue risk then Adrift will automatically defer to the day tour commencing at approximately 8am. Please allow for this in your itinerary. 

If Adrift Tongariro defers to a sunrise tour to a day tour the difference in the cost will be refunded.

Details and FAQ’s:

Meeting place: Adrift Tongariro, 53 Carroll Street, National Park VillagePh: +64 7 892 2751

Winter meeting time: 07:00am 1 May – 30 September

Parking: Plenty of street parking with no change or time restrictions

Outdoor experience? No experience is required for the hike.

Is it suitable for children? For children under 12 years of age, a privately guided trip is recommended. Alpine conditions are not suitable for babies and toddlers.

Can I have a private guide? Absolutely. Click here to check out our private trips.

What do I need? Check out the gear list at the bottom of this page.

What if I don’t have the proper gear for the cold? Adrift has an extensive range of clothing and footwear for those without their own gear. On the morning of the trip, we check your gear and can fit you with whatever you may need.

Are there toilets? Yes. The longest period without toilets is about 3-4 hours in the middle of the hike.

Do you have minimum numbers? Yes we do. Trips operate on a minimum of 2 persons.

I’m a solo traveller. Is this ok? If you are traveling alone we will match you with another group or defer the trip to a day Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Please feel free to contact us to check up coming booking dates. Email: [email protected] or Telephone: +64 7 8922751

How do I know if the trip is cancelled? If you have any concerns about the weather, please speak to Adrift directly. Obtaining advice from other parties can lead to incorrect information about your trip.

How to book? Simply click “Book Now” to take you to our secure booking platform. Alternatively, telephone Adrift Tongariro Ph: +64 7 892 2751. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to booking your adventure.

Can I get return transfers from Whakapapa Village, Turangi, Taupo or Ohakune? No pick-ups are available for this trip option. The meeting place is at the Adrift Tongariro Shop in National Park Village, 53 Carroll Street.

Terms and Conditions
Please refer to the Terms and Conditions prior to booking your trip with us.

About the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Click here to know more about the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the track route.