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Adrift Tongariro: Guided Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing + Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Hike

PREMIUM TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING GUIDED WALK

This 19km trek is New Zealand’s 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’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 Ketatahi end.  Safety regarding, weather, avalanche, ice and hypothermia are taken into consideration when securing our exact route for the day.

 

MT RUAPEHU CRATER LAKE GUIDED HIKE

For those who like a manageable challenge, we offer a full day Ruapehu Guided Walk. Mt. Ruapehu is the highest (2797m) of the three active andesitic volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park. The last eruption on Mt. Ruapehu was in 2007. Join us for lunch on top of the North Island highest volcano from where you can gaze down into the geothermal waters of the crater lake. Please note this is not a track and is less stable walking than on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

The walk begins at the Whakapapa Ski area at the top of the Bruce Road on Mt. Ruapehu. There may be an option of taking a chairlift up to Knoll Ridge cafe. This option will depend on the group on the day and if the chairlifts are operating. Payment for the chairlift is about $35 pp and is made to Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (situated at the start of the walk). The lifts close at 4.00 pm daily, should conditions deteriorate during the day the lifts may have to be closed earlier.

 

Gear Hire

Adrift Tongariro has available for hire personal equipment footwear and clothing to supplement that which you don’t 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

Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk: 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.

Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Guided Hike: Please note this is not a track and is less stable walking than on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Walking distance is 10 kms return or 7 kms return when the chairlift is utilised. Walking time is about 6-7 hours. This walk requires a good level of fitness. The terrain is uneven and steep in places. It is possible to take the walk as far as Knoll Ridge Cafe if you are concerned about your fitness.

During winter and times of snow, surface conditions will vary from day to day. Crampons and ice axes are required, and your guide will provide instruction on how to use them correctly.

 

Re-confirmation

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.

 

Terms and Conditions

Offer valid until 31 March 2020 for trip dates between November 9  2019 - and 31 May 2020. Minimum of 2 people required.

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.

Meeting times during October may change depending on track conditions and snow levels on track. 

Duration

2 days

    • Guide/s
    • Transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity
    • Lunch (vegetarian available on request at time of booking)
    • Crampons and ice axes if required for winter conditions
    • $40 of clothing and footwear hire (boots $20, clothing $10 per item)
  • Day 1 : Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk
    Are you ready? We are! Our guides are personable, friendly, qualified and ready to guide you on one of the best 1-day walks in the world. Get the most out of this special area with our local knowledge and let us take care of the logistics. No need to rush to meet a bus, we’ll have a vehicle waiting at the end for when you finish. We’ll take care of the little things, you enjoy the hike. Summer Premium Group trips include a tasty, energy-rich lunch, your guide (or guides), return transfers from our shop in National Park Village, and footwear and clothing hire. 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.
    Meals :Lunch

    Day 2 : Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Guided Walk
    For those who like a manageable challenge, we offer a full day Ruapehu Guided Walk. Mt. Ruapehu is the highest (2797m) of the three active andesitic volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park. The last eruption on Mt. Ruapehu was in 2007. Join us for lunch on top of the North Island highest volcano from where you can gaze down into the geothermal waters of the crater lake. Please note this is not a track and is less stable walking than on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
    Meals :Lunch

  • Timings

    Tour starts and finishes at the Adrift Tongariro Base 53 Carroll St, National Park Village.

    Summer 1 October – 30 April

    Meet at the Adrift Tongariro Base: 8:00am

    Return: 5:30pm

    Winter 1 May – 30 September

    Meet at the Adrift Tongariro Base: 7:00am

    Return: 5:30pm

    *Meeting times during October may change depending on track conditions and snow levels on track. It is essential that you call Adrift Tongariro between 10:00am – 5:00pm the day prior to confirm tour departure time. +64 7892 2751.

    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

     

    Return Transfers

    Return transfers are an additional service and cost over and above the tour booking and require a minimum of 2 to operate. For full terms and conditions click here. Summer (1 October - 30 April), Winter (1 May - 30 September).

    Whakapapa Village $35pp.

    Summer Pick up 7:50am / Return 5:30pm  Winter Pick up 6:50am / Return 5:30pm

    Turangi $125pp

    Summer Pick up 7:15am / Return 5:45pm  Winter Pick up 6:15am / Return 5:45pm

    Ohakune $125pp

    Summer Pick up 7:30am / Return 6:00pm  Winter N/A

    Taupo CBD $225pp

    Summer Pick up 6:20am / Return 6:30pm  Winter Pick up 5:20am / Return 6:30pm

  • Return Transfers

    Return transfers are an additional service and cost over and above the tour booking and require a minimum of 2 to operate. For full terms and conditions click here. Summer (1 October - 30 April), Winter (1 May - 30 September).

    Whakapapa Village $35pp.

    Summer Pick up 7:50am / Return 5:30pm  Winter Pick up 6:50am / Return 5:30pm

    Turangi $125pp

    Summer Pick up 7:15am / Return 5:45pm  Winter Pick up 6:15am / Return 5:45pm

    Ohakune $125pp

    Summer Pick up 7:30am / Return 6:00pm  Winter N/A

    Taupo CBD $225pp

    Summer Pick up 6:20am / Return 6:30pm  Winter Pick up 5:20am / Return 6:30pm

Language

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Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

50

Organised by Adrift Outdoor Guided Adventures

Activity ID: W-42283

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