Exclusive Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk (including Lord of the Rings Highlights)

Exclusive Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk (including Lord of the Rings Highlights)
From NZD $380.00
  • Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: National Park Village, NZ
  • Product code: GWEXVEHD

Our exclusive guided trips provide you with a really personal, informative and friendly experience you will never forget. The beautiful scenery does a lot of the work for us but we have tailored this trip so that your group is exclusive to you, your guide is well informed and will keep you safe by constantly assessing the weather and track conditions, timing for your personalized transport pick-up, and other little details that will maximize your enjoyment.

Your exclusive guide can also tailor the trip to accommodate different fitness levels and avoid weather-exposed sections or crowded areas.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 perfect 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 at an additional cost. You will need your lunch and adequate water to request an upgrade.

If there is anyone in the group who is unable to walk for the 4 hours on the Tongariro Crossing Track then as an exclusive group, you can choose the option of driving to viewpoints which require less physicality. We have a menu of smaller walks we can enjoy ensuring you get to see and enjoy all you can in the 4 hours. 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 myths and legends and the Lord of the Rings filming sites.

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.


Price Includes

Guide/s, transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity, $40 of clothing and footwear hire (boots $15, clothing $10, gloves, hat, socks $5 per item).   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.

Upgrades: Whilst on this tour and in reaching Soda Springs, you can decide to upgrade to a full day tour at an additional cost of $120 pp min 2 people and $60 for each additional person thereafter. You must have  lunch and adequate water to upgrade.

Christmas and New Year Operations

Tour bookings for
Christmas Day and New Year’s Day will only be offered at a 100%
surcharge on the normal tour rate and with a minimum of two pax. Boxing
day and the 2nd January incur at 50% surcharge on the normal tour rate, minimum of two pax.

Return Transfers

All tours start and finish at the Adrift Tongariro base. 

Morning or afternoon tours available.  

Return transfers between Whakapapa Village accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro base: $35pp minimum 2 persons.


Summer Timings

Adrift Tongariro Base:   

Morning Tour: Pick up 8:00am / Drop off: 12.30pm  
Afternoon Tour: Pick up 1:30pm / Drop off 5:30pm 


Whakapapa Village:   

Morning Tour: Pick up 7:45am / Drop off: 12.30pm  

Afternoon Tour: Pick up 1:15pm / Drop off 5:30pm


Winter Timings

Adrift Tongariro Base:   

Morning Tour: Pick up 7:00am / Drop off: 12.30pm  

Afternoon Tour: Pick up 1:30pm / Drop off 5:30pm 

Transfers are an additional service to the tour.

  • All times are approximate
  • Summer 1 October - 30 April
  • Winter 1 May - 30 September
  • Transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity is included in the price. 
  • All return transfers between accommodation and the Adrift Tongariro base, an additional charge applies as per above. 
  • All return transfers require a minimum of two persons to operate transfers.
  • All clients making their own way (self-drive) should meet at the Adrift Tongariro base in time for an 8am summer and a 7am winter morning tour departure or a 1:30pm summer and winter afternoon tour departure.
  • It is essential that you phone the Adrift Tongariro base 24 hours prior to the tour date to discuss exact timings +64 7892 2751.

Gear List

You will need;

SUMMER: One and a half liters of water, outdoor walking shoes/boots with good grip, long walking pants, 2 x warm tops, raincoat with hood and a backpack.

WINTER: One and a half liters of water, waterproof outdoor hiking boots with good grip, long
warm walking pants,thermal leggings,  3 x warm thermal tops, hat, gloves, warm socks, waterproof raincoat with hood and a backpack large enough to hold water and crampons. Crampons and ice axes are included in the tour price.


Gear Hire 

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 jackets, warm gloves, warm hats, sun hats, sunglasses, backpacks, walking poles.


Re-confirmation

Please visit or telephone the Adrift Tongariro base 24 hours prior to the tour to discuss exact meeting and or collection time. Phone from overseas +64 7892 2751 or local 892 2751 or out of area 07-892 2751