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Full-Day Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek

  • Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, known as New Zealand’s best day trek
  • Take in panoramic views plus lava flows, an active crater, and alpine lakes
  • Walk with a pro guide who knows the route, conditions, and environment
Full-Day Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek
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Winter Guided Walk
Winter Tongariro Alpine Crossing guided walk leaving from the Adrift Tongariro base at 7:00am
Summer Guided Walk
Summer Tongariro Alpine Crossing guided walk leaving from the Adrift Tongariro base at 8:00am
Trek across the volcanic landscape of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing on a full-day hike. Your guide ensures that you are fully prepared and equipped for the rugged terrain of Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on New Zealand’s North Island. Expect to walk for about 12 miles (19 kilometers) in a spectacular wilderness of alpine lakes and mountain springs, with views of active volcanoes.
What to Expect

Make your own way to join your guide at the designated meeting spot, where your guide provides a safety briefing and equipment needed for the day.

Start your trek in Tongariro National Park—New Zealand’s oldest—on an easy track that follows Mangatepopo Stream up the valley. The trail gets steeper as you climb up to South Crater, ascending 425 feet (200 meters). Continue to Red Crater, Blue Lake, and Ketetahi Hut, taking in lovely views over Oturere Valley, the Kaimanawa range, Rangipo Desert, and Emerald Lakes. 

A short climb to North Crater affords additional views before you zigzag over alpine vegetation, Mangatetipua Stream, open grassy areas, and native forest. Your 7-hour hike ends with refreshments at the Ketetahi parking lot.

This hike ranges from easy to moderately challenging, and is ideal for active people with a good level of fitness.

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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile
Don’t go with Adrift.

The definition of adrift is; lacking aim, direction or stability. The people working at this company seem to really have taken this to heart. Before booking with these guys go take a look at their (at the time) 17 poor and 16 terrible reviews, as...More

Thank Jaden E
Stewart B, Director of Sales at Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

HI Jaden, We are very sorry you were not able to arrange transport for the crossing. Our website clearly states that we cannot guarantee transfers from Taupo or Turangi unless a minimum of four people is met. We also confirm this in an email as...More

Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile
Loving and caring tour

The weather in the week we visited was quite unstable in terms of rains, fogs and snows. We then joined the guided walk from adrift in case we couldn't anticipate any condition change in such unstable weather change at that time and it was an...More

1  Thank Gillian W
Reviewed 6 April 2018
Best One-Day Hike Ever!!!

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the most incredible same day hike I've ever done and being guided by Jared at Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures made that adventure something I'll always remember!!! Jared was very knowledgeable of the geology and pointed out where a scene from...More

3  Thank DaveJ_Mayor
Reviewed 2 April 2018
Safe for Middle-aged Hikers!

My husband and I regularly do 4-5 mile hikes, and were a little concerned about taking a 12 mile tramp. We enjoyed every minute! We had a very warm, clear, sunny day and all of the weather gear I brought stayed in my pack. I...More

1  Thank Virginia2Go
Stewart B, General Manager at Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thank you for choosing Adrift, it was great having you join us for the day to experience the world famous Adrift Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk. Gerard and Simon really enjoyed spending the day with you. We hope you will visit us again in the...More

Reviewed 22 March 2018
One of the most incredible experiences I've ever done

My wife and I did the full day guided Tongariro Alpine crossing, and it was one of the most memorable experiences I've ever done. They say it takes 7.5-8hrs to do, but my wife isn't that confident on uneven rocky surfaces, so took us 9.5hrs....More

Thank Tariq A
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