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Tongariro Crossing Guided Walks - Adrift Tongariro

Tongariro Alpine Crossing – The Tongariro National Park has been designated as a World Heritage Site because its ecological and cultural qualities. It is a living and dynamic landscape, and recent occurrences have left even more fascinating active elements for visitors to watch, film, and photograph.

Volcanic landscapes all over the world, including Tongariro, are first-rate tourist destinations that draw tens of thousands of people each year.

Tongariro may have just risen to the top of the world’s must-do list with its latest action. Because of the recent volcanic activity, the world-famous Emerald Lakes, which are featured in everyone’s images of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, have become even more magnificent and vibrant.

Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk

Price:  $215 per person
Departs:  8:00 am
Duration:  4 Hours

If you don’t have time to spend the entire day walking the Tongariro Crossing, the 4-hour Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk is for you. With this half-day trip, you can take in the stunning scenery of Tongariro National Park.

We will start on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track and travel up to Soda Springs before returning to the start 

At Soda Springs, you may upgrade to a full-day walk and join the full-day guided party to complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

If the Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk is not available on the day, we offer a selection of shorter treks to choose from. We will discuss and show you everything related to Tongariro and New Zealand, including recent and past eruptions, geology, flora and fauna discoveries, and New Zealand colonisation.

Lake Rotopounamu, Taranaki Falls, Silica Rapids, Soda Springs, Pukeonake, Whakapapanui River, Tawhai Falls, Meads Wall are the most popular Tongariro locations we chose and include in the 4 hour tour.

Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Guided Hike

Price:  $195 per person
Departs:  8:00 am
Duration:  8 Hours

We provide a full-day Mt Ruapehu Guided Walk for individuals who want a more manageable challenge. With snow till the end of December, this is ideal for anyone looking for a snow adventure employing crampons and ice axes.

Mt. Ruapehu is the tallest (2797m) of Tongariro National Park’s three active andesitic volcanoes. Mt. Ruapehu’s most recent eruption occurred in 2007. Join us for lunch on the summit of the North Island’s tallest volcano, from which you may stare down into the geothermal waters of the crater lake. Please keep in mind that this is not a track and that the walking is less steady than on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

The trek begins at the Whakapapa Ski Area at the summit of Mt. Ruapehu’s Bruce Road. There is a possibility of taking a chairlift up to the Knoll Ridge café. This choice will be determined by the size of the group on the day and whether or not the chairlifts are operational. Ruapehu Alpine Lifts receives payment for the chairlift (situated at the start of the walk). The lifts close at 4 p.m. daily; however, if circumstances deteriorate during the day, the lifts may be forced to close early.

Private Sunrise Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk

Price:  $600 per person (minimum 2 persons)
Departs:  8:00 am
Duration:  8 Hours

Our privately led journeys provide you a really personalised, instructive, and pleasant experience that you will never forget. The stunning scenery does a lot of the work for us, but we have tailored this trip so that your group is private to you, your guides are well informed and keep you safe by constantly assessing the weather and track conditions, timing for your Ketetahi personalised transport pick-up, and other small details that will maximise your enjoyment. They may also adapt the journey to match different fitness levels and eliminate areas that are exposed to the elements.

Experience the Milky Way at Tongariro, shooting stars flowing in the purity that only pre-dawn can provide, or come witness the sunrise at Red Crater and have breakfast alfresco.

The Sunrise tour path frequently alternates between the conventional route and the usual route in reverse, as well as a route that returns us back to the beginning. The path you choose is determined by the weather, the time of year, and your requirements and abilities. The morning trip follows the same path as the daytime tour, with one major difference… NO CROWDS!

Please keep in mind that this personalised trip requires a minimum of two persons. Subsequent bookings of more than two persons can be made at the usual tour pricing of $325 per person.

 

Private Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk

Price:  $430 per person (minimum 2 persons)
Departs:  10:00 am
Duration:  4 Hours

Our privately guided trips provide you a really personalised, instructive, and pleasant experience that you will never forget. We have structured your trip so that your group is private to you, your guide is well knowledgeable and will keep you safe by continually checking the weather and track conditions, time for your personalised transport pick-up, and other tiny aspects that will optimise your fun.

Your private guide can also tailor the trip to accommodate different fitness levels and avoid sections that are exposed to the elements or crowded. If you don’t have time to spend the entire day walking the Tongariro Crossing, the 4 hour Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk is ideal. With this half-day trip, you can take in the stunning scenery of Tongariro National Park.

We will start on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track and travel up to Soda Springs before returning to the start whenever feasible.

At Soda Springs, you can pay an extra fee to upgrade to a full-day trek. To seek an upgrade, you will need your meal and plenty of water.

Lake Rotopounamu, Taranaki Falls, Silica Rapids, Soda Springs, Pukeonake, Whakapapanui River, Tawhai Falls, Meads Wall are the most popular Tongariro locations we chose and include in the 4 hour tour.

Please keep in mind that this personalised trip requires a minimum of two persons. Subsequent bookings of more than two persons can be made at the usual tour pricing of $215 per person.

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Private Mt. Ngauruhoe Guided Walk

Price:  $600 per person (minimum 2 persons)
Departs:  10:00 am
Duration:  8 Hours

Our privately guided tours provide you a really personalised, instructive, and pleasant experience that you will never forget. The stunning scenery does a lot of the work for us, but we have tailored this trip so that your group is private to you, your guides are well informed and keep you safe by constantly assessing the weather and track conditions, timing for your Ketetahi personalised transport pick-up, and other small details that will maximise your enjoyment. They may also adapt the journey to match different fitness levels and eliminate areas that are exposed to the elements.

We provide a private Mt. Ngauruhoe guided hike for people who want a little challenge. Mt. Ngauruhoe’s nearly flawless volcanic cone draws a large number of people to its peak. It stands 2287 metres tall and last erupted in 1975. This is not a track, and the walking is less stable than on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There are certain sections of the climb that are quite steep up to 33° (ropes are not necessary), while others seem rather exposed.

We hike up the Mangatepopo Valley on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing trail to the saddle between Mt. Ngauruhoe and Mt. Tongariro (up to 2hr). Then we take a path that takes us to the base of a ridge near the summit of Mt. Ngauruhoe. We climb immediately up the mountain, following the rock ridge or either side of the peak. Cross across the strip of red granite beyond the ridge to reach the outer crater gully. We ascend from here to the highest point on the outer crater rim (to the left) or to the top of the inner crater rim (to the right) (to the right). On the outside ring, there are steam vents. Then we drop through the red scoria and into the loose scree on each side of the ridge.

Please keep in mind that this personalised trip requires a minimum of two persons. Bookings for more than two persons can be made at the usual tour pricing of $325. Mt Ngauruhoe is the most difficult climb of the Tongariro and Ruapehu tours. As a result, customers must either have proven ability and experience, or book onto one of our other excursions where they may gain experience (particularly with the usage of crampons in winter) and be evaluated by one of the Adrift Tongariro guides.

 

Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk

Price:  $285 per person (minimum 2 persons)
Departs:  8:00 am
Duration:  8 Hours

This 19-kilometer hike is New Zealand’s greatest one-day walk. The trail ascends to the saddle between Mts. Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Tongariro’s environment is dotted with variously coloured and shaped craters that have been active at various times, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs, and vividly coloured green lakes.

Summer provides a magnificent scene of recently erupted volcanic activity. Sulphur, aluminium, silica, and other mineral deposits released from the Earth’s crust generate a wide range of colours and patterns. This track may get congested in the summer, so we take our customers away from the crowds while still allowing them to see the main attractions.

Winter provides the opportunity to wander around the spectacular snow-covered countryside without the summer throng. No prior outdoor experience is required; all training and teaching is provided on the day. Adrift Tongariro provides crampons and ice axes for a spectacular alpine adventure.

This is a guided Tongariro Alpine trip. We make no guarantees about reaching the Ketatahi finish. When determining our specific path for the day, we take weather, avalanche, ice, and hypothermia into account.

We accept both solo and group reservations. If you are travelling alone, please book since we always meet minimal numbers, especially on nice days.

Included are a guide/s, transportation from the Adrift Tongariro base to the activity, crampons and ice axes if needed for winter conditions, and $40 in clothing and footwear rental (boots $20, clothes $10 per item).

* Lunch is offered as a separate booked item and must be requested at the time of reservation. $25pp

* Beginning October 15, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing may be performed without the need of crampons or ice axes because the snow is mainly off the track.

 

If you require further information please contact us on

Phone: o800 485 584                 Email:  info@mustdonewzealand.co.nz

             

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