Adrift Tongariro: Guided Walks

RUAPEHU AREA, WHANGANUI / MANAWATU

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Adrift is an adventure tourism business providing guided and freedom adventures throughout New Zealand. Popular trips are trekking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, canoeing the Whanganui River & guided tours.


We are an outdoor adventure guiding company, based out of Taupo and Ruapehu located in the centre of the North Island. We specialise in trekking, hiking and canoeing adventures throughout the Whanganui and Tongariro National Parks, including New Zealand’s best day one-day walk, The Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the famous Whanganui River 1 or 3 day Canoe tour . We operate all year, summer and winter and whether you’re a novice or keen adventurer we have a tour to suit.
Professionally we have had 21 years of experience and personally far more with qualified instructors. Adrift is qualified and is registered with NZ Worksafe DoC Qualmak and has yearly 3rd party external safety audits. Our guides will ensure your safety whilst explaining the geography, history, culture and flora and fauna of the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks, and New Zealand. We guide every day with wind, rain, snow and even brilliant sunshine. All tours depart from the Adrift Tongariro base, 53 Carroll St, National Park Village. Our base – on the border of both National Parks, has its own shop café bathrooms and retail.


Our guided walks:

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk - WINTER SPECIAL ($195/person)


  • Winter only: Ends September 30th 2022.
  • Weather dependent, we do not guarantee reaching the Ketatahi end. 
  • HOT DEAL : 4th person half-price.
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 colors 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.

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. We take all individual and group bookings. If you are travelling alone please book as we generally always meet minimum numbers, especially on good weather days.


Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing - guided hike ($285/person)


  • Weather dependent, we do not guarantee reaching the Ketatahi end. 
  • Timings: Summer (1 Oct – 30 Apr) 8am - 5:30pm / Winter (1 May – 30 Sept) 7am - 5:30pm.
Join us this summer on a Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk, New Zealand’s best day one-day walk. The 19km 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.


Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake - Group Guided Hike ($325/person)


  • Timings: Summer (1 Oct - 30 Apr) 8am - 5.30pm / Winter (1 May - 30 Sept) 7am - 5.30pm
For those who like a manageable challenge, we offer a full day Mt Ruapehu Guided Walk. With snow right up until the end of December this is fantastic for those wanting a snow experience using crampons and ice axes. 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.

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.


Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk ($215/person)


  • Timings: Summer (1 Oct - 30 Apr) 8am - 12.30pm / Winter (1 May - 30 Sept) 7am - 12.30pm
If time is limited and you are unable to spend the whole day walking the Tongariro Crossing, then the 4-hour Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk is for you.  Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Tongariro National Park with this half day tour. When possible, we will start on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track and head up to Soda Springs before returning to the start.  At Soda Springs we give you the option to upgrade to the full day walk and join in with the full day guided party to complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

If the Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk is not suitable on the day, we have a menu of smaller walks we can enjoy. We will talk and show you all things relevant to Tongariro and New Zealand including recent and past eruptions, geology, flora and fauna discovery and settlement of NZ.

These are the most popular Tongariro sites we choose from and include in the 4 hours: Lake Rotopounamu, Taranaki Falls, Silica Rapids, Soda Springs, Pukeonake, Whakapapanui River, Tawhai falls, Meads Wall.


Important for all walks: 
- 12+ only.
- It is essential that you call Adrift Tongariro between 10:00am – 5:00pm the day prior to confirm tour departure time & weather. 
- 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 are not included in this tour. If you require return transfers from Taupo, Turangi or Whakapapa please see our Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk.
- 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: Boots $20 / Clothing items $10 each / Clothing accessories (gloves, hats and sunglasses) $5 each / Backpacks $10 each.
- A reasonably good level of fitness is required.



Special Conditions : 

  • It is essential that you call Adrift Tongariro between 10:00am – 5:00pm the day prior to confirm tour departure time & weather.
  • 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.

  • EQUIPMENT INCLUDED
  • GUIDED TOUR
  • SCHEDULED ONLY
Address
53 Carroll Street, National Park
Country:

NZ - North Island

Region:

WHANGANUI / MANAWATU

District:

RUAPEHU AREA

Postal Code:

3948

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