Exclusive Sunrise Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk

Exclusive Sunrise Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk
From NZD $600.00
  • Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: National Park Village, NZ
  • Product code: GWEXSUNTAC

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. 

Experience the Milky Way at the Tongariro, 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.

The Sunrise tours route often varies between the standard route to the standard route in reverse, and sometimes a route that takes us back to the start. The chosen route 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!

This is a Tongariro Alpine guided tour. We do not guarantee reaching the Ketatahi end. Safety regarding, weather, avalanche, ice and hypothermia are taken into consideration when securing our exact route for the day.

Price Includes 

Exclusive/ private guide/s, transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity, breakfast (vegetarian and gluten free available on request at time of booking), all clothing and footwear hire. Please note: A minimum of two people are required to offer this exclusive tour. Subsequent bookings over and above two people can book at the normal group tour rate.

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.

Pick up / Drop off from Adrift Tongariro Base

Tour starts and finishes at the Adrift Tongariro Base.  

Trip departures available summer only (1 October – 31 May) on application and confirmation.

Departure times will be advised in accordance with the changing sunrise times.

Pick up

These vary in accordance with the changing sunrise times but are 4.5 hours prior to sunrise and vary between 1.30am-3.00am.

Drop off

These vary in accordance with the changing sunrise times but vary between 9.30am-11.00am.

  • All times are approximate
  • Transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity is included in the price. 
  • All clients making their own way (self-drive) should meet at the Adrift Tongariro base 4.5 hours before sunrise.

Gear List 

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

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 we can discuss with you. Walking time is about 7 hours including stops. No alpine experience is required.


It is essential you phone the Adrift Tongariro base the day prior to the tour between 3pm-6pm to discuss exact timings. +64 7892 2751.

In the event that Adrift consider the weather to be of such a nature to expose the group to undue risk then Adrift will defer the tour to a day tour.  PLEASE ALLOW FOR THIS IN YOUR ITINERARY.  If a day tour does not proceed and an alternative tour is not viable then a full refund will be given.

If Adrift Tongariro defer a sunrise tour to a day tour the difference in the cost of these two tours will be refunded.