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Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek

By Adrift Tongariro
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 several miles in a spectacular wilderness of alpine lakes and mountain springs, with views of active volcanoes.
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$169.44
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$169.44
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Ages 10-99, max of 60 per group
Duration:8h
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Ticket type:Mobile
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Highlights
  • 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
  • Learn about the region's ecology and 'Lord of the Rings' filming locations

  • Professional and qualified guide/s
  • All mountain equipment required (including crampons and ice axes during winter)
  • Transport between the Adrift Tongariro base (53 Carroll St, National Park Village) and the activity
  • Lunch until 31 March 2021, purchase as additional from 01 April 2021 onward
  • Footwear and clothing to supplement up to a NZD40 free allowance.
What's not included
  • Beverages, bottled water, or snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Transport from Taupo, Turangi, Ohakune, National Park & Whakapapa Villages available at a surcharge
  • from 01 April 2021 onwards

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). A short climb to North Crater affords additional views before you zigzag over alpine vegetation, Mangatetipua Stream, open grassy areas, and native forest. Your 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.

Departure details
  • 53 Carroll Street, National Park 3989, New Zealand
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 54431P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people is required for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • If you are traveling alone please book as the tour does generally meet minimum numbers, especially on good weather days
  • A reasonably good level of fitness is required. If you are concerned about your fitness please let your guide know before commencing the walk
  • Transfers from Taupo, Turangi, Ohakune and Whakapapa Village are available on request for an additional charge. All transfers require a minimum of 2 people. We do not offer Ohakune transfers in winter.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Summer Gear List: 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.
  • Winter Gear List: 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.
  • 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.
  • Tour starts and finishes at the Adrift Tongariro Base. Transport between the Adrift Tongariro base (53 Carroll St, National Park Village) and the activity are included in the price.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers

  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

How much is Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek?
Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek price starts from $190.69. Discover and book Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek on Tripadvisor
What is the Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek cancellation policy?
Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek cancellation policy: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Discover and book Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek?
Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek is hosted by Adrift Tongariro. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Adrift Tongariro on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek?
On average, this experience will take approximately 8h. Discover and book Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Trek on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 54431P1

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    53 Carroll Street
    53 Carroll Street, National Park 3989, New Zealand
    See address & details
  • 1
    Tongariro Alpine Crossing
    Stop: 9 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Mt Ruapehu
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 3
    Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre (Whakapapa Visitor Centre)
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Adrift Tongariro
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 5
    Mount Ngauruhoe
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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Road34639657736
Road34639657736
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Fantastic guided multi-day tramp
We booked the two-night Tongariro Northern Circuit trip with Adrift. They were very helpful with communications and
heatherfT5581AD
heatherfT5581AD
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Highly Recommend
With very inclement weather we were in safe hands with Stew as our guide. It was a challenging walk but we loved it
Carolyn J
Carolyn J
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Great Crossing
We knew the crossing was going to be tough but it was made much easier by our guides Stewart and Wayne. They gave g
sarahgrace711
sarahgrace711
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Soldiered on in the rain
Chose to do the sunset hike hoping for a colourful view. Unlucky for us, we got rain and a tiny bit of snow instead
quaintguardian
quaintguardian
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Guide has room for improvement
My wife and I joined the Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk on 17 June 2022 with a guide named Hiro. To be fair,
benn043
benn043
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Tongariro crossing
just wanted to say what a brilliant experience all the members of the Adrift team made my crossing all guides were
Harmony K
Harmony K
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing
An amazing hike in the snow. Such an adventure! Beautiful scenery and lots of snow. We did the tour as a couple.Our
gracemiles2022
gracemiles2022
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Fab fun
Good company and knows their stuff, value for money. Stew and Robyn and Roxy (the dog) are a family firm with good
JelenaF365
JelenaF365
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Whanganui River Canoe Trip + exciting rapids!
My husband and I loved our one day Whanganui Canoe guided trip. What a beautiful part of the country and the river
321leigha
321leigha
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Stunningly Beautiful
Absolutely amazing! Would rate this 10 if I could. Our Guide Stewart was great - knowledgeable, great sense of h
Gradonka
Gradonka
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AmazIng day
Awesome experienced, led by knowledgeable and friendly folks who genuinely love the Mountain and what they do.
Naomihia
Naomihia
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Amazing would love to do in the summer
The snowy views were amazing! And I would highly recommend the guided tour for any beginner with adrift you will ha
F1rehorse
F1rehorse
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Professional , organised, and well equiped outfit
If you do think you don't need a guide please read the following: Solo alpine hiking is not recommended so I booked
matthewf610
matthewf610
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Great guided trek to Mt Ruapehu crater lake
Great guided trek. I was a solo trekker in a group who were lovely. Stu and Hiro were great guides, very personable
richarddematos
richarddematos
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Stunning experience
Adrift Tongariro is a professional outfit and I would highly recommend the service to any novice attempting to do t
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Bob
Abbots Langley, UK25 contributions
A real highlight of our trip: the Tongariro Crossing at 19.4km is not easy, but we managed it in seven and a half hours , thanks to our guide, Stewart, of Adrift, maintaining a slow but steady pace with which we could follow. Time was allowed for photos and snack breaks. Stew was informative, encouraging and excellent company.
Robyn took us to start and collected us from the finish so there was no waiting around.
Spectacular views and scenery - we had such a good day we ended up joining Stew for a further 6km sunset walk to the falls!
Written November 16, 2022
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AdriftTongariro1
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We’re glad that you enjoyed your Tongariro Alpine Crossing guided walk with us. We hope to see you back one day to join us on one of our other adventures!
Written November 20, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Teresa
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
Jul 2021
My friend and I just completed the guided Tongariro Crossing during this winter season. I must say it was a spectacular experience with Adrift Tongariro! We had a small group of 3 hikers and were very lucky to be guided with Hiro AKA our 'hero.' His professionalism and passion as our guide was incredible (5000/100); he was knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly.

The crossing was definitely not easy to hike, especially being winter, but we felt supported and Hiro did a great job with adjusting the hike to our fitness ability and paced it out. At one point my friend and I were struggling, Hiro went above and beyond the call of duty, so we could climb up the steep hill.

We were also very lucky to have stunning weather and see breathtaking views. We'd definitely come back again with Adrift, a safe and memorable experience - will request for the awesome guide Hiro again! Thank you!
Written July 16, 2021
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Tour514119
Burton upon Trent, UK1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
Attempt by my wife and I to make the crossing in extremely hot conditions. When my wife had turn back, the organisation care and attention was brilliant. The guides kept in touch as she was helped down so we knew she was safe. I continued up and reached the high point at Red Crater after great encouragement and support from the guides. Loads of fabulous views. Note well that at this point there is still two thirds to go, with many steps and tricky sections. This 69 year old was able to complete the course after loads of support and being nursed over the last few kms by the guide. I might have been last man down in the group, but it meant so much to us for me to follow in our late daughter's footsteps. I will be eternally grateful to Adrift staff for making this possible. Best wishes to them all
Written February 13, 2020
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AdriftTongariro1
Thank you for allowing us to make this possible for you.
Written February 26, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Andy C
Gold Coast, Australia70 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Scam artists, book with someone else.

We got an email 2 days before our tour asking us to move to a day later but saying if we couldn't, they would go ahead with the tour.

We then got a second email saying all other participants had moved to the next day and to call them.

They said the weather was not good but tocall the next day and they'll let us know if it's going ahead or not.

We get an email the next day saying it's canceled and they'll rebook us for within 12 months.

We called and asked for a refund as we can't rebook given we're on holiday for Australia. The guy on phone says they don't give refunds only rebook (terms and conditions clearly state they give a refund if they can't rebook to a suitable date). We pointed this out and he said that no refund was given as we didn't have the minimum group size. The minimum group size as again clearly stated in their terms and conditions is 2, we were a group of 2 and he says the minimum is 3.

They then tried to say we booked through someone else, despite booking directly.

They either have no idea what they're doing or are just plain trying to cheat to hold onto money. It was the director of the company himself that was giving us the runaround, saying he couldn't be wrong because he would know his own terms and conditions.

Just book with one of the other companies that offers full refund inside 24 hours
Written July 21, 2021
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Kirsty M
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
Mar 2022
My friend and I booked to join a group guided trek. On arrival the weather had turned and we were presented with the option of postponing to complete the walk another day OR attempt the walk in the hope it clears up enough to finish it. We chose to chance it and despite the warnings with regards to wind & wind chill and not having the best visibility I can honestly say it was the most amazing experience regardless. As it turns out the other person on the group booking decided not to trek so we ended up having a private guided trek which was a bonus. Nothing is perfect and to me the moody vibe and being in the clouds just added a different dimension to the experience. We also had the mountain to ourselves with hardly any other hikers on the trail. We were able to make it over and with our brilliant guide Hero encouraging us every step of the way, my friend and I completed the trek in 7 hours and loved every second and every change in the weather - we had it all! I highly recommend a guided trek as we learnt so much.
Written March 22, 2022
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Alexandra Keiler
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Solo
Todays tour was really a great experience for me. We started in clouds and on top of the mountain it was very stormy. On our way down the sun came out and we had some spectacular views. Stu has been a very nice and profound guide and I enjoyed walking with a small group. This tour was a highlight on my trip through New Zealand. Thank you very much
Written July 3, 2022
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SimonGreen2014
Plymouth, UK34 contributions
My husband and I joined a group of 6 others to complete the Tongariro crossing. From start to finish we were incredibly well looked after. Stu advised us on the possibility of changing weather conditions and the need to have suitable clothing for all occasions. Our guides, Simon and Dan, were terrific. They were ultimately there to ensure our safety, but they were also informative, friendly and entertaining!

The hike is for people with a very good level of fitness. There is an opportunity 5kms in to return to the carpark, but don’t waste your time and money by using this safety net! Simon and Dan were very clear and supportive with people whose fitness wasn’t sufficient, after all those participants had chosen to do this walk. 2 people did return to the carpark and as a result of Simon’s planning and liaison with the Adrift office, they were collected and awaited the rest of the group’s return.

Unfortunately weather conditions prevented us from finishing the hike. The wind was incredibly strong towards the highest point of the walk. Although I felt it was inevitable that we would be returning to our start point, Simon and Dan took the decision very carefully and didn’t rush to the decision. They continually checked the conditions, spoke to other hikers who had gone further than we had done but who had decided not to continue and they used their previous experience of weather conditions. They clearly explained their safety recommendation to turn around and checked that we all understood and agreed. They immediately offered alternative options to ensure we continued to have an active and fun afternoon and again liaised with the office to arrange our timely pick up (which BTW arrived with cookies, beer and soft drinks!)

Their alternative afternoon activity was great - a trip to a local waterfall.

Despite our disappointment that we didn’t complete the crossing, we still had a terrific day, chatting with Stu, Simon and Dan and our fellow walkers.
Written February 2, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to post such a fantastic review. We would love to see you back one day so we can help you complete the crossing and fingers crossed for a better weather day!
Written February 6, 2020
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Raewyn1980
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand3 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Awesome day, awesome guide. Felt safe in a relaxed friendly environment. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Hiro (our guide) did a great job of gauging our fitness ability, so the pace was just right. Had great weather too!
Written May 3, 2021
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deanne130387
Johannesburg, South Africa22 contributions
Wonderful experience with adrift, we arrived early and met our guide onsite ( Hiro) . He was fantastic in making sure we were dressed appropriately for the conditions and spent time explaining what to expect. We were then shuttled to the mountain and Hiro was fantastic the whole way and made sure we made it there safely. Def recommend Hiro and Adrift.
Written April 24, 2022
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Charlene Gr
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Solo
It was a great hike even if the weather wasn't that good. Our guide Wren was so friendly, had a lot of interesting information about the volcanic area and took care of everyone during the hike. It was a great adventure and I can warmly recommend it to everyone.
Written October 27, 2022
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