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Exclusive Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk

  • Marvel at the volcanoes, turquoise lakes, and moon-like landscape on the trail
  • Put your safety in the hands of an experienced guide
  • Lunch and shared round-trip transfers included
Exclusive Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk
From USD 295.72
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Summer 1 October - 30 AprilMost Popular
Exclusive Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk. Summer 1 October - 30 April. Tour starts at 8:00am
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Exclusive Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk. Winter 1 May - 30 September. Tour starts at 7:00am
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The 12 mile (19 kilometer) Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered among the best day hikes in the world. Get the most out of it with a private guided hike. Your guide will know how to avoid the most crowded parts of the trail, and can cater to a range of fitness and experience levels. The weather is changeable on the mountain, and your guide will constantly check the conditions to keep you safe.
What to Expect

Meet in the morning at the Adrift base where the guides will go over the days trip conditions and asses and provide the required equipment, and additional clothing and boots if needed. Then, it's time to relax and enjoy the journey. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing spans the length of Mt Tongariro (19 kms) and takes about 7 hours to complete. 

Mangatepopo to Soda Springs: Easy, 1 - 1.5-hours
At the Mangatepopo carpark is a shelter and toilet facilities. The main track continues up the valley following the Mangatepopo stream and around the edge of old lava flows. It is interesting to notice the change in plants as you climb in altitude. At Soda Springs are the last toilet facilities until you get to the Ketetahi Hut.

Soda Springs to South Crater: Moderate Difficulty, 40-minutes to an hour
This section is steep, climbing from 1400 up to 1600 meters above sea level and is known as the devils staircase. Take your time, slow and steady is the best way to conquer this section. On a clear day the view down the valley and out across the surrounding countryside is well worth it! 

South Crater to Red Crater: Moderate Difficulty, 1-hour
It is great to be on the flat, but once you have crossed South Crater there is another short climb on an exposed ridge to Red Crater. You have spectacular views over the Oturere Valley, Rangipo Desert, Kaimanawa Ranges and down to the Emerald Lakes.

Red Crater to Blue Lake: Moderate, 30-minutes
Care is required with the descent from Red Crater, as this part of the track is steep and you are on loose scoria which can move under foot. To the left you will see an old lava flow from Red Crater. The Tongariro Crossing track follows around the edge of Central Crater then climbs up to Blue Lake (A cold acidic lake). To the right are the Emerald Lakes. 

Blue Lake to Ketetahi Hut: Moderate, 1-hour
There is a short easy climb to the edge of North Crater. In good weather there are spectacular views out over Mt Pihanga and Lake Rotoaira to Lake Taupo. You then zigzag your way down to the Ketetahi Shelter through the natural alpine garden. 

Ketetahi Shelter to Ketetahi Carpark: Moderate, 2-hours
The track crosses the stream that flows down from Keteahi Hot Springs and leads through open tussock land to a clearing with some seats. At this point the track drops steeply to the Mangatetipua Stream and through native forest for about and hour and a half. The Ketetahi carpark has a shelter, toilets. Refreshments will be waiting for you. 

Reviews (11)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Incredibly satisfying hike

My family of four with two teenage boys did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with Stuart. There was a mix up with the travel agent that booked us, but Stuart smoothed everything out and made everyone happy. It was a real treat spending the day with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RussellP962
Reviewed 1 week ago
Challenge yourself

It was touch & go if we were going to make it round the whole hike due to strong winds, hail & bleaching rain but the five of us in our group were keen to make the challenge. One guide had been turning people back...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 324NorfolkEngland
Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile
Great guide; Terrible weather

I’ll start with the pros. The Adrift team are a very friendly and personable bunch of folks that really enriched the experience for me with great conversation in the van going to and coming back from the hiking trail. For those of you who either...More

Thank Highwaydemon
Reviewed 24 October 2018
Fun even in bad weather

We ran into the unfortunate situation of a full day of rain (early spring) on the day of our walk. While we ended up not making it all the way through from the cold/wet/wind combination, this hike was still our favorite throughout our stay in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank allison22711
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile
Excellent Tour and Guide

We did a guided 8 hours Tongariro Crossing walk today with Adrift. The experience was really great and the guide that we had named, Tom, was very knowledgeable and professional. He thoroughly explains to us the history of each area that we walk past. Tom...More

Thank 358jaysong
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