The Tongariro Alpine Crossing: Winter Trip 2018-06-19T04:03:19+00:00

Winter Group – Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Adventure time!

Our guides are qualified and ready to get you out there and onto this world-class hike. No matter what the weather, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a challenge that stimulates the senses. You will get the most out of this special area with our trained guides and their extensive knowledge of the area. We will also take care of the logistics for you. No rushing to meet a bus. We’ll have a vehicle waiting for you at the end when you complete the journey. We’ll also take care of your safety. You enjoy the hike.

Winter trips offer 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.

Winter special rates are available only from 1 May – 30 September. We take all individual and group bookings. If you are traveling alone please book as we generally always meet minimum numbers, especially on good weather days.

$165 pp: Winter Group option includes your guide/s, return transfers from our shop in National Park Village for the track, and crampon and ice-axe hire.

$195 pp: Winter group option includes your guide/s, return transfers from Taupo, Turangi or Whakapapa Village, crampon and ice-axe hire and a generous clothing and footwear hire allowance.

adrift winter group
adrift winter staircase

Details and FAQ’s:

Meeting place: Adrift Tongariro, 53 Carroll Street, National Park Village. Ph: +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. Your guide will also assist you with your crampons and ice-axe and show you how to use these items safely.

What are crampons? A crampon is a traction device that is attached to footwear to improve mobility on snow and ice.

What is an ice axe? It is a balance and safety tool that is used when walking up or descending steep slopes. It is also a self-arrest tool for stopping a slide.

Fitness level: A reasonably good level of fitness is required. We will walk at a moderate pace. Because of the limited daylight hours during the winter months, we need to reach certain points by certain times in order to finish before dark. 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.

What if I’m a fast/slow walker? Your guide (or guides) will manage the different walking speeds of the group. Usually the slowest walker sets the pace but where and when possible we will try and take faster walkers on extended small side trips. If you are extremely fast or slow, then a privately guided trip could be an excellent option.

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. Hire gear prices range from $5, $10 to $20 per item.

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 4 persons.

I’m a solo traveller. Is this ok? If you are traveling alone please don’t hesitate to book. We generally meet our minimum numbers, especially on good weather days.

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? Yes you can (excludes Sunrise trips). These locations attract the higher trip cost of $195 pp instead of $165 pp. When booking your trip, select your pick-up location. Minimum numbers of 4 persons apply. Telephone Adrift the day prior for exact pick-up times.

Meeting/pick-up times

The meeting times below are approximate. If you have paid for transfers it is essential you phone Adrift Tongariro the day prior to the trip date. This is so we can advise on the weather and confirm your exact pick-up time as these can vary. Telephone +64 7 892 2751 or 0800 462374

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

Pick up 6:15 am / Drop off 5:15 pm

Taupo CBD
Pick up 5:30 am / Drop off 6:00 pm

Gear List

Winter Group Trips

Lunch (energy rich, with enough food for the whole day), water (1-1.5 litres), personal medications (e.g. Asthma Inhaler, blister protection etc), sunscreen, sunglasses, 1 x backpack per person, hiking boots suitable for crampons, warm socks, thermal longs and/or lightweight walking trousers, 3 x warm top layers (wool, merino, thermals, fleece, soft shell etc. are great fabrics), waterproof raincoat, warm hat and gloves. On wet/windy days, over-trousers are required and a change of clothing is great to change into after the walk.

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.

Pre-Trip Questions and Confirmations

Telephone us at Adrift Tongariro for advise on weather conditions and pick up/meeting time confirmations. Ph +64 7 892 2751 or 0800 462374.

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.