Tongariro Crossing Guided Day Walk

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  • Epic multi-hour walking tour
  • Incredible volcanic scenery
  • Experienced and friendly guides
  • Includes lunch (summer only)
  • 1000 metre climb and descent over an alpine pass
  • Many photo opportunities
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This 19km trek is New Zealand’s best 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.

Running all year round, there are spectacular sights for every season:

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’s 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 Ketetahi end. Safety regarding weather, avalanche, ice and hypothermia are taken into consideration when securing our exact route for the day.


  • Professional and experienced guide/s,
  • Crampons and ice axe (in Winter)
  • Transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity
  • $40 worth of clothing and footwear hire


  • Lunch is not included. This can be purchased separately from the operator immediately after booking.
  • Additional clothing or footwear needed outside the $40 included. This will be payable to the operator directly


  • 1000 metre climb and descent over an alpine pass
  • 19km trek
  • Photo opportunities


  • Summer (1 October - 30 April)
  • Winter (1 May - 30 September)


  • Tour time varies depending on season.
  • Meeting location is Adrift Tongariro Base 53 Carroll St, National Park Village
  • Summer meet time 8am and return at 5:30pm
  • Winter meet time 7am and return at 5:30pm


  • Return transfers are an additional service and cost over and above the tour booking and is booked with the operator directly. All return transfers require a minimum of 2 pax.

What To Bring

The following items are required in winter and we have these available if you do not have your own:

  • Sturdy boots suitable for crampons
  • Thermal longs and walking trousers (no jeans please)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • 3 warm top layers (thermal, wool, fleece, soft shell are good fabrics. Cotton is not suitable)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack

You will need to also bring: Sunscreen, lunch, water, blister protection and personal medications ie. ashma inhaler.

The following items are required in summer and we have these available if you do not have your own:

  • Tramping boots or sturdy tramping shoes
  • Thermal longs and walking trousers (no jeans please!) and/or waterproof over-trousers
  • 2 warm top layers (thermal, wool, fleece, polyprop, soft shells are good fabrics). Cotton is not suitable
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack

You will need to also bring - Sunscreen, Water 1-1.5 litres, Personal medications e.g. asthma inhaler

Additional Information


A medium to high level of fitness is required.


Prices are based on a minimum of 2 people (excluding the Winter Tongariro Alpine Crossing Group rate - minimum 4 pax per trip). Single customers will be accepted upon availability with a surcharge. If possible and agreeable, single customers will be placed into a group, with no surcharge.

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Offers and inclusions are subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you
Be sure to wear warm clothing (especially in winter) and bring at least 1-1.5 litres of water for the journey.
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