WINTER SPECIAL Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Hike - Meet at Adrift shop National Park Village

From NZD $165.00
  • Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: National Park Village, NZ
  • Product code: SPGWWTAC

Winter transforms one of the world’s most famous one-day walks into a spectacular snow-white wonderland. Let our expert guides take you there on sensational day out in Tongariro National Park.

Our winter trips run from 1 May to 31 October. With the summer crowds long gone, this is your chance to see the Tongariro Alpine Crossing as tranquil and unhurried as it used to be. Snow and ice blanket the landscape’s amazing lakes and craters, creating scenes even more surreal than in summer. The views are better, too, the crystal-clear bringing even Whakaari (White Island) – 200km away – into focus on a good day.

There are new sensations and new skills to learn, with no previous alpine experience necessary. Our expert guides provide all the gear, skills and personal attention you need to stay safe, warm and happy – come snow, rain or shine.

Expect to spend half the trip hiking through the crunchy, sparkling snow, which makes for surprisingly smooth going. And keep your fingers crossed for some icy terrain, as this offers a chance for you to try the ice axe and crampons, and snap a few ‘hardcore’ photos to show the folks back home!

If you've ever wanted to experience the peace and pristine beauty of a hike above the snowline, our winter Tongariro Alpine Crossing tour is for you.

Price Includes 

Guide/s, Return transport between the Adrift Tongariro base(53 Carroll Street, National Park Village) and the activity, all mountain equipment (including crampons and ice axes).

Not included: Return transfers from Turangi, Taupo and Whakapapa Village are an extra charge. See Transfers below.

Morning of the tour

All transfers meet at the Adrift base the morning of the tour where our guides will check everyone in, go over the days trip conditions and asses and provide the required equipment, and additional clothing and boots if needed. 

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 tops, warm gloves, warm hats, sun hats, sunglasses, backpacks, walking poles and sleeping bags and liners.

Once we meet you, you are under our guidance so you can then relax and enjoy the journey with Adrift. 

Return Transfers

Tour starts and finishes at the Adrift Base.

Adrift Tongariro base: Pick up 7:00am / Drop off 5:30pm

Return transfers from the Adrift Tongariro base (53 Carroll St, National Park Village) to the activity and back to base is included in the price.

All other transfers an additional charge applies. All transfers must meet at the Adrift Base:

Turangi: Pick up from 6:20am / Drop off 6:00pm  $45pp

Taupo CBD: Pick up from 5:30am / Drop off 6:30pm $55pp

Whakapapa: Pick up from 6.45am / Drop off 5.45pm  $35pp min 2 people

  • Return transfers from Taupo and Turangi require a minimum of four persons to operate during winter. If we don’t reach a minimum of four persons, you are welcome to come and meet us at our Adrift base in National Park.  Individual bookings are welcome, as we usually meet the minimum, especially on good weather days. In the event we don’t reach minimum group size, we offer postponement or a cancellation with refund. Transfers are an additional cost and may require the services of an external operator.

  • Return transfers from Whakapapa Village requires a minimum of two persons to operate during winter. Transfers are an an additional cost and may require the services of an external operator.

  • All times are approximate

  • 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 
  • We do not offer Ohakune return transfers in winter.
  • All clients making their own way (self-drive) should meet at the Adrift Tongariro base in time for a 7am departure.
  • It it is essential you phone the Adrift Tongariro base 24 hours prior to the tour, especially if you require transfers, as we will need to confirm your pick up and drop off times.  +64 7892 2751.
  • From National Park Village, we run trips with a minimum of two people.

Gear List 

Lunch, 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.

Gear For Hire 

Adrift Tongariro has available for hire personal equipment footwear and clothing to supplement that which you don’t have and need including boots $15, Clothing including thermal longs, fleece longs, waterproof pants, thermal tops, fleece tops, waterproof jackets $10, socks, warm gloves, warm hats, sun hats, sunglasses $5, backpacks and walking poles $10.

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 they may be able to offer if your concerns come to fruition. The winter time taken for the trek is approximately 8 hours and because we are limited for daylight hours in winter we need to keep a moderate pace during the day.  We start walking at approximately 8:30am and finish at approximately 4:30pm with a number of stops including a half hour stop to fit crampons and instruct in their correct use and a 15 minute stop for lunch.  Our walking pace is about 3kms per hour which is easily achievable for just about everyone.

Fitness and age are inversely proportional, unfortunately.
15-40 Years - The fitter you are the less one hurts the day after, just about everyone in this age bracket should be able to get over in the time allocated, unless exercise is a dirty word.
40-55 Years - Most should be able to get over in the time allowed, some may hurt the following day.
55+ Years - A good average level of fitness for the age is needed to ensure one can make it over in the time permitted.

Crampons and ice axes are required and our guides are there to show you how to use them safely. No alpine experience is required when undertaking a guided trip.  


If you have requested transfers it is essential you phone the Adrift Tongariro base 24 hours prior to trip date to discuss exact timings.  +64 7892 2751.