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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
From US$176.26
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Summer Tongariro Alpine Crossing guided walk leaving from the Adrift Tongariro base at 8:00am
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Winter Tongariro Alpine Crossing guided walk leaving from the Adrift Tongariro base at 7:00am
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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.

Reviews (21)
1 - 5 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Our best hike ever thanks to Adrift

I can't speak highly enough about Adrift. My wife and I used them on our honeymoon as a guide for the Tongariro Crossing hike. We had never thought of using a guide for a day hike, but did so at the urging of a friend...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Alex S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Terrible, disappointing and waste of money! do it without a guide.

Rude and cheats! I have asthma and both of us friends who went for the hike are not hikers, we informed the people at the desk about these things before starting the trip and were assured that it was all good but after 2 hrs...More

Date of experience: December 2018
4  Thank mariashk7
adriftGM, General Manager at Adrift Tongariro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Mariash, We are devastated to receive your feedback and equally sad that you feel so unhappy with the efforts we made to try and take care of you. We understand you were disappointed however we hoped you would understand that our guides made the...More

Reviewed 30 November 2018
Beautiful hike that can be done without a guide

We booked this at that last minute and the price was $255 NZD per person, so $510 total, and I just don't feel like we got our money's worth. When I had inquired before we left the States for NZ, I was told that there...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank RenaB163
Reviewed 31 October 2018
Amazing day walk, alpine crossing

We had fantastic weather, we had Kenny the guide to the top with 2 other guides there to help as well, as a large group. Kenny led at a great steady slow pace up the steep parts so that everyone made the whole crossing and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank exeterharrier
Mary H, General Manager at Adrift Tongariro, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2018

It means the world to us that you enjoyed your day and we are grateful that you chose to tour with us. Thank you for sharing your experience here on TripAdisor, we really appreciate you taking the time to do that. Best wishes from all...More

Reviewed 16 October 2018
Excellent Tongariro Crossing Experience with Adrift

This was a true NZ spirited experience! From the outstandingly helpful, vivacious and accommodating Mary when booking, to the ‘all in it together’ atmosphere created at the start of the adventure and the careful, well prepared, informative and friendly guides who made sure we all...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank paulcB121JP
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