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Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk: Half Day Adventure 2018-06-19T10:58:04+00:00

Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk

If your time is limited and you are unable to spend the whole day walking the Tongariro Crossing, then the 4 hour Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk is for you. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Tongariro National Park with this half day tour.

We will begin this guided walk at the Mangetepopo entrance of the Tongariro Crossing. We will walk up the brilliant, glacial-carved valley and up to Soda Springs. At the Springs we can then give you the option to upgrade to the full day walk and join in with the full day guided party to complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There is an additional $50pp fee for this upgrade.

If there is anyone in the group who is unable to walk for the 4 hours on the Tongariro Crossing Track, then we as a group will choose the option of driving to viewpoints which require less physicality. We have a menu of smaller walks we can enjoy ensuring you get to see and enjoy all you can in the 4 time period.

Our guides have knowledge of the National Park and will give you a comprehensive overview of the past eruptions, geology, flora and fauna of the area. We can also discuss local legends and the Lord of the Rings film sites. If you’d like to know more about New Zealand, just ask our guides!

Our most popular sites for the half day tour include: Lake Rotopounamu, Taranaki Falls, Silica Rapids, Soda Springs, Pukeonake, Whakapapanui River, Tawhai falls and Meads Wall.

Tongariro Volcanic Explorer

Price Includes

Guide/s, transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity, $40 of clothing and footwear hire (boots $15, clothing $10 per item).

Transfers from Whakapapa Village incur an additional costs see details below.

Return Transfers

All tours start and finish at the Adrift Tongariro base. Morning or afternoon tours available.

Return transfers between Whakapapa Village accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro base: $35pp 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 
Morning Tour: Pick up 8:00am / Drop off: 12:30pm
Afternoon Tour: Pick up 1:30pm / Drop off 5:30pm

Whakapapa Village
Morning Tour: Pick up 7:45am / Drop off: 12:30pm
Afternoon Tour: Pick up 1:15pm / Drop off 5:30pm

Winter Timings

Adrift Tongariro Base
Morning Tour: Pick up 7:00am / Drop off: 12:30pm
Afternoon Tour: Pick up 1:30pm / Drop off 5:30pm

  • 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 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 morning tour departure or a 1:30pm summer and winter afternoon tour departure.
  • If you have paid for transfers it is essential that you phone the Adrift Tongariro base 24 hours prior to trip date to discuss exact timings. +64 7892 2751.

Gear List

Water, outdoor shoes with grip, long walking pants, 2 x warm tops and a raincoat.

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

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.