Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Summer

Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Summer Premium Guided

We guide the Tongariro Alpine Crossing all year and every day mother-nature allows us a safe and enjoyable passage. Summer Crossings are from 1st Oct - 30 Jun or when daylight hours are plentiful and snow and ice has cleared from the track.

For our summer guided trips, we want to provide our clients with a really personal, informative and friendly day they will never forget. Luckily the beautiful scenery does a lot of the work for us but we have tailored this trip so that group sizes are small, your guides are well informed and are able to provide you with an experience we ourselves would like to have. Your guide will also 'work behind the scenes' constantly assessing the weather and track conditions, timing for your Ketetahi personalized transport pick-up, and other little details that will maximize your enjoyment. They can also tailor the trip to accommodate different fitness levels and know a few tricks about avoiding weather exposed or crowded areas.

The route from Mangatepopo to Ketetahi is about 19 kms and there is a track description below. 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 they may be able to offer if your concerns come to fruition. Walking time is about 7 hours including stops. No alpine experience is required.

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Track Route

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Price - Summer premium guided

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Meeting times, pick up locations and Adrift location

• These vary from summer to winter. Please advise where you will be staying and we will advise on the meeting/pick-up locations and times. In general Summer and winter pick up times are 7am/6am Taupo, 7:40am/6:40am Turangi,8am/7am our shop, and 8:30am/7am at Whakapapa

• Please enquire for pick-ups and cost if applicable from: Taupo, Turangi, Ohakune, Whakapapa Village and National Park Village 

• Adrift Base is: 57 Carroll Street, National Park Village


Summer Gear List 

The following items are required in summer and we have these available if you do not have your own.

  • Tramping boots or sturdy tramping shoes
  • Thermal longs and walking trousers (no jeans please!) and/or waterproof over-trousers
  • 2 warm top layers (thermal, wool, fleece, polyprop, soft shells are good fabrics). Cotton is not suitable
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack

You will need to also bring - Sunscreen, Water 1-1.5 litres, Personal medications e.g. asthma inhaler

We supply lunch in summer


Twin Mountain Package - Tongariro Alpine Crossing & Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Walk

Emerald Lakes - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

 View from Mt Tongariro to Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu

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Price - Twin Mountain Package  

The summer price (normally $450pp, now just $425pp), includes your guide/s, lunch, return transport accommodation pick-ups from National Park Village or Whakapapa Village, additional footwear and clothing (if required) and a delightful post-trip refreshment.

Summer meeting places and departure times

Taupo - Accommodation pick-ups are available. Meeting time is 7.00-7.30 am approx. Please advise us the day prior to your trip if you require any additional gear i.e. Boots, Raincoat, Backpack etc.  Surcharge applies

Turangi - Accommodation or pick-ups from the Turangi I-site are available. Meeting time is usually 7.45-8.00 am. Please advise us the day prior to your trip if you require any additional gear i.e. Boots, Raincoat, Backpack etc.  Surcharge applies.

National Park Village - Accommodation pick-ups are available or come to our National Park Base at 3 Waimarino-Tokaanu Road, National Park Village. Meeting time is 8.00-8.30 am. Directions to Adrift Base are: Go to the G.A.S petrol station at the intersection of State Highway 47 and 4. Behind the petrol station is Macrocarpa Cafe and Adrift is based in the same building as the cafe except we are around the back of the building. All day parking is available around the back and side of the cafe. The car parks in the front of the cafe are for short-term parking only. 

Whakapapa Village - Accommodation pick-ups are available during summer. Meeting times are 8.00-8.30 am. Please advise us the day prior to your trip if you require any additional gear i.e. Boots, Raincoat, Backpacks etc.

Adrift will advise of any changes in the meeting times the day prior to your trip.


How To Make a Booking

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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 6-8pm the night prior to the trip departure. Adrift will then advise on weather conditions for the next day and confirm meeting places and times. 


Booking terms and conditions

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