Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk
This 19km trek is New Zealand‚Äôs best day one-day walk. The 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.
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‚Äôs 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.
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.
Guide/s, transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity, lunch (vegetarian and gluten free available on request at time of booking), crampon and ice axes if required for winter conditions, clothing and footwear hire.
All transfers from Whakapapa Village, Turangi, Ohakune and Taupo incur an additional costs see details below.
Tour starts and finishes at the Adrift Tongariro Base.
‚Ä¢ Return transfers between Whakapapa Village accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro: minimum 2 persons.
‚Ä¢ Return transfers between Taupo CBD accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro: minimum 2 persons.
‚Ä¢ Return transfers between Ohakune accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro: minimum 2 persons.
‚Ä¢ Return transfers between Turangi accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro: 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.
‚Ä¢ Adrift Tongariro Base: Pick up 8:00am / Drop off 5:30pm
‚Ä¢ Whakapapa Village: Pick up 8:30am / Drop off 5:30pm
‚Ä¢ Turangi: Pick up 7:15am / Drop off 5:45pm
‚Ä¢ Ohakune: Pick up 7:30am / Drop off 6:00pm
‚Ä¢ Taupo CBD: Pick up 6:30am / Drop off 6:30pm
‚Ä¢ Adrift Tongariro Base: Pick up 7:00am / Drop off 5:30pm
‚Ä¢ Turangi: Pick up 6:40am / Drop off 6:00pm
‚Ä¢ Taupo CBD: Pick up 6:00am / Drop off 6:30pm
‚Ä¢ Transfers are an additional service to the tour.
All times are approximate
‚Ä¢ Summer 1 October - 30 April, Winter 1 May - 30 September
‚Ä¢ Transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity is included in the price.
‚Ä¢ All return transfers between accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro base, an additional charge applies as per above.
‚Ä¢ We do not offer Whakapapa Village and Ohakune return transfers in winter.
‚Ä¢ All return transfers require a minimum of two persons to operate transfers.
‚Ä¢ 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 departure.
‚Ä¢ 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.
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 and 2 warm top layers (wool, merino, thermals, fleece, soft shell etc. are good layers), Waterproof raincoat.
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.
Adrift Tongariro has available for hire personal equipment footwear and clothing to supplement that which you don‚Äôt
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 we can discuss with you. Walking time is about 7 hours including stops. No alpine experience is required.