Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Sunrise

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!

Please click here to view the Track Description.

Adrift supplies your sunrise breakfast, any clothing or footwear you may require, head-torches, and your Adrift guide to make sure everyone is safe, on-track for the sunrise and having a great adventure.

Sunrise trips depart from our National Park Village Base at 57 Carroll Street, National Park Village. 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. Departure times will be advised inaccordance with the changing sunrise times. Depending on the time of the year, departure times will vary between 1.30am-3.00am. The trip takes about 8 hours (walking time including breaks = 7 hours). 


"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 description


Gear List :

Sturdy tramping boots, warm socks, thermal longs, walking trousers (no jeans pls), waterproof over-trousers, three warm top layers (wool, thermal, fleece, soft shell etc. are good), waterproof jacket, warm gloves, warm hat, sunglasses, a backpack and head-torch.

We are able to provide these items if you do not have them. We will also provide a small but high energy breakfast. Guides will carry first aid, safety and communication equipment.

You will also need to bring; sunscreen, water, blister protection, camera and personal medications. I always think taking a sleeping bag to snuggle into to watch the the sunrise in is a great idea.


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

Price and Booking

Please click on the book now button for all our current pricing.


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. 

Terms & Conditions

Please click here to view the Adrift terms & conditions and cancellation policy