Sunrise Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk

With the Milky Way at your fingertips and shooting stars streaming in the clarity that only the pre-dawn can achieve, come and see the sunrise at Red Crater and enjoy breakfast alfresco.

Sunrise tours route taken often varies between the standard route to the standard route in reverse, and sometimes a route that takes us back to the start. The route picked is dependent on weather conditions time of year and your needs and ability. The sunrise route is the same route as the daytime tour but with one obvious exception ... NO CROWDS!

"The pre-dawn hike was amazing and Stewart is a great guide. It was tough waking up that early, but we really enjoyed the experience and seeing the stars and sunrise was worth the effort. It was one of those 'once-in-a-lifetime' moments and we would do it again if we ever return to NZ. Thanks again for recommending this trip". Ken & Mary Kolb.

Please CLICK HERE to view the full Tongariro Alpine Crossing Track Route.

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Price includes

Guide/s, return transport from the Adrift base, breakfast, all equipment required (including head-torches) and clothing to supplement that which you don’t have and need up to a $40 free allowance ($10 per item).  

Pick up / Drop off

Tour starts and finishes at the Adrift Tongariro Base. 

Departure times will be advised in accordance with the changing sunrise times. Summer only. 

Pick up: These vary in accordance with the changing sunrise times. Departure times from the Adrift Tongariro base vary between 1.30am-3.00am. If possible, we would prefer to meet clients the day prior between 3pm-6pm to check clothing requirements etc. This will make for a quick morning departure. 

Drop off:  Depending on the time of the year, drop off times to the Adrift Tongariro base will vary between 9.30am-11.00am

  • All times are approximate
  • Return transfers from the Adrift Tongariro base (53 Carroll St, National Park Village) are included in the price.


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. Breakfast is provided.  


Gear For Hire 

Adrift Tongariro has available for hire 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

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 may be able to offer if your concerns come to fruition. Walking time is about 7 hours including stops. No alpine experience is required.


FAQ : I would like to do the sunrise tour but am afraid we may miss out on some views

Answer: Absolutely no! We walk up the mountain in the dark which is actually a good thing as the sight of a 2 hour climb is mentally harder than actually doing it, doing this in the dark eliminates seeing the hill ahead. We time the walk so that we reach the top with about 20 minutes before sunrise. This time of day is stunning with the darkness turning into blue and pink then the brilliant yellow sunrise. When on top we get to see all those views that we would have been looking at during the climb, not missing out on anything. - Stewart Barclay


How to make a booking

Before making a booking, read all the terms & conditions

There are three ways to make a booking. Please choose the option that best suits you.

  1. Book on-line with the Book-it button shown on each web page. Follow the simple instructions. 
  2. By telephone for personal service. A credit card number will be required to confirm your booking. 
  3. By email. Please email at least 3 days prior to your trip date. A credit card number will be required to confirm your booking. 

Clients will need to contact Adrift between 5.00-7.30pm the night prior to the trip departure. Adrift will then advise on weather conditions for the next day and confirm meeting places and times.