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Meet in the morning at the Adrift base where the guides will go over the days trip conditions and asses and provide the required equipment, and additional clothing and boots if needed. Then, it's time to relax and enjoy the journey. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing spans the length of Mt Tongariro (19 kms) and takes about 7 hours to complete. 

Mangatepopo to Soda Springs: Easy, 1 - 1.5-hours
At the Mangatepopo carpark is a shelter and toilet facilities. The main track continues up the valley following the Mangatepopo stream and around the edge of old lava flows. It is interesting to notice the change in plants as you climb in altitude. At Soda Springs are the last toilet facilities until you get to the Ketetahi Hut.

Soda Springs to South Crater: Moderate Difficulty, 40-minutes to an hour
This section is steep, climbing from 1400 up to 1600 meters above sea level and is known as the devils staircase. Take your time, slow and steady is the best way to conquer this section. On a clear day the view down the valley and out across the surrounding countryside is well worth it! 

South Crater to Red Crater: Moderate Difficulty, 1-hour
It is great to be on the flat, but once you have crossed South Crater there is another short climb on an exposed ridge to Red Crater. You have spectacular views over the Oturere Valley, Rangipo Desert, Kaimanawa Ranges and down to the Emerald Lakes.

Red Crater to Blue Lake: Moderate, 30-minutes
Care is required with the descent from Red Crater, as this part of the track is steep and you are on loose scoria which can move under foot. To the left you will see an old lava flow from Red Crater. The Tongariro Crossing track follows around the edge of Central Crater then climbs up to Blue Lake (A cold acidic lake). To the right are the Emerald Lakes. 

Blue Lake to Ketetahi Hut: Moderate, 1-hour
There is a short easy climb to the edge of North Crater. In good weather there are spectacular views out over Mt Pihanga and Lake Rotoaira to Lake Taupo. You then zigzag your way down to the Ketetahi Shelter through the natural alpine garden. 

Ketetahi Shelter to Ketetahi Carpark: Moderate, 2-hours
The track crosses the stream that flows down from Keteahi Hot Springs and leads through open tussock land to a clearing with some seats. At this point the track drops steeply to the Mangatetipua Stream and through native forest for about and hour and a half. The Ketetahi carpark has a shelter, toilets. Refreshments will be waiting for you. 

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Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures
The 12 mile (19 kilometer) Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered among the best day hikes in the world. Get the most out of it with a private guided hike. Your guide will know how to avoid the most crowded parts of the trail, and can cater to a range of fitness and experience levels. The weather is changeable on the mountain, and your guide will constantly check the conditions to keep you safe.
  • Marvel at the volcanoes, turquoise lakes, and moon-like landscape on the trail
  • Put your safety in the hands of an experienced guide
  • Lunch and shared round-trip transfers included
  • Ice and snow equipment provided in winter
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a day! We absolutely loved our alpine hike across the Tongariro crossing. We were fortunate enough to have amazing weather which made for the most spectacular views. Having never used ice axes and crampons this was a good experience too. We would thoroughly recommend...More

Thank Heather S
Reviewed 9 June 2018
Very good experience

We had a very good time with Adrift. Good people, good gear, good times! Everyone was very welcoming and outgoing, the guides were amazing. We didn't have the best conditions to do the crossing, a lot of wind and snow, but Tom and Julian made...More

Thank Leabl94
Stewart B, Owner at Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Thank you for taking the time to place feedback, we really appreciate it.It was a pleasure having you on the tour. Our guides were super impressed with your group, they really enjoyed their day up the mountain with your group. We hope you will come...More

Reviewed 13 January 2018
A great day over the Crossing

Early January 2018, and a deep area of low pressure was coming in over New Zealand's North Island. The ever professional Stu Barclay, the CEO of Adrift, picked me up in Taupo at a civilised 0700 and we headed down the road to the start...More

Thank walesduncan
Reviewed 30 December 2017
Amazing Walk and Scenery

This walk was one of the best we have ever done, it was challenging physically but well worth the effort to experience an alpine crossing through an ancient volcanic area. Amazing scenery that you wont experience in too many places. Our tour was guided by...More

Thank TheWanderesfromAus
Reviewed 22 November 2017
Safety Net

We are so pleased that we booked 2 guides for our group of 12 - Laura and Gerard. They collected us from our hotel in the morning and took us to their depot, to sign in and check our gear. Had I not been with...More

Thank vicki h
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