Meet at the Adrift base
- INCLUDED Guide/s, Return transport between the Adrift Tongariro base (53 Carroll Street, National Park Village) and the activity, all mountain equipment (including helmet, crampons and ice axes).
We pick you up
- INCLUDED Guide/s, all mountain equipment required (including crampons, helmet and ice axes), plus up to $40 of clothing and footwear hire (boots $20, clothing $10, backpacks $10, gloves, hats, socks, sunglasses $5 per item) PLUS! transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity, return transfers from CBD Taupo, Turangi, Taupo or Whakapapa.
Tour starts and finishes at the Adrift Tongariro Base 53 Carroll St, National Park Village.
Meet at the Adrift Tongariro Base: 7:00am
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 are included in the $195 tour option only. For full terms and conditions click here.
Pick up 6:50am / Drop off 5:30pm
Pick up 6:15am / Drop off 5:45pm
Pick up 5:20am / Drop off 6:30pm
Morning of the tour
All transfers and self drive customers meet at the Adrift base the morning of the tour where our guides will check everyone in, go over the days trip conditions and asses and provide the required equipment, and additional clothing and boots if needed.
Once we meet you, you are under our guidance so you can then relax and enjoy the journey with Adrift.
Lunch, Water (1-1.5 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.
Gear For 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.
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 they may be able to offer if your concerns come to fruition. The winter time taken for the trek is approximately 8 hours and because we are limited for daylight hours in winter we need to keep a moderate pace during the day. We start walking at approximately 8:30am and finish at approximately 4:30pm with a number of stops including a half hour stop to fit crampons and instruct in their correct use and a 15 minute stop for lunch. Our walking pace is about 3kms per hour which is easily achievable for just about everyone.
Fitness and age are inversely proportional, unfortunately.
15-40 Years – The fitter you are the less one hurts the day after, just about everyone in this age bracket should be able to get over in the time allocated, unless exercise is a dirty word.
40-55 Years – Most should be able to get over in the time allowed, some may hurt the following day.
55+ Years – A good average level of fitness for the age is needed to ensure one can make it over in the time permitted.
Crampons and ice axes are required and our guides are there to show you how to use them safely. No alpine experience is required when undertaking a guided trip.
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.
Terms and Conditions
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.
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. Our Minimum group size is two people.
For full terms and conditions click here