Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Guided Hike - WINTER SPECIAL
- Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
- Location: National Park Village, NZ
- Product code: WINTER SPECIAL 2
This Winter your world famous backyard awaits you… We have some awesome specials just for you to get out, enjoy and discover your backyard! Join one of Adrift Tongariro’s guided tours and come explore the mighty Tongariro National Park. Enjoy New Zealand the way it used to be; with no crowds!
Lock in this great deal now! You can postpone your trip at anytime up until 30 April 2021 at this great price - what a deal!!
For those who like a manageable challenge, we offer a full day Ruapehu Guided Walk. Mt. Ruapehu is the highest (2797m) of the three active andesitic volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park. The last eruption on Mt. Ruapehu was in 2007. Join us for lunch on top of the North Island highest volcano from where you can gaze down into the geothermal waters of the crater lake. Please note this is not a track and is less stable walking than on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
The walk begins at the Whakapapa Ski area at the top of the Bruce Road on Mt. Ruapehu. There may be an option of taking a chairlift up to Knoll Ridge cafe. This option will depend on the group on the day and if the chairlifts are operating. Payment for the chairlift is about $35 pp and is made to Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (situated at the start of the walk). The lifts close at 4.00 pm daily, should conditions deteriorate during the day the lifts may have to be closed earlier.
Guide/s, transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity, all mountain equipment including helmet, crampons and ice axes if required for winter conditions.
Covid-19 health and safety
All vehicles, equipment, and the Adrift shop is cleaned and disinfected after each tour. All Adrift staff and clients will ensure they take appropriate steps to minimise chances of spreading any virus, including regular washing of hands and the use of face masks when appropriate and required . All Clients are to supply their own PPE equipment including face masks and hand sanitiser. Social distancing will be 2 meters apart where appropriate on Mountain and 1 meter apart inside the Adrift shop. If closer contact is required then PPE will be used. If you have cold or flu like symptoms on your booking date, don't worry you're welcome to postpone your booking anytime up until 30 April 2021.
Tour starts and finishes at the Adrift Tongariro Base 53 Carroll St, National Park Village.
Winter (1 May - 30 September)
Meet at the Adrift Tongariro Base: 7:00am
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.
Return transfers are not included in this tour. If you require return transfers from Taupo, Turangi or Whakapapa please see our premium Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Guided Walk.
Water (1-1.5 litres), Lunch and snacks, 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.
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
Please note this is not a track and is less stable walking than on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Walking distance is 10 kms return or 7 kms return when the chairlift is utilised. Walking time is about 6-7 hours. This walk requires a good level of fitness. The terrain is uneven and steep in places. It is possible to take the walk as far as Knoll Ridge Cafe if you are concerned about your fitness.
During winter and times of snow, surface conditions will vary from day to day. Crampons and ice axes are required, and your guide will provide instruction on how to use them correctly.
It is essential all clients phone the Adrift Tongariro base between 10:00am – 5:00pm the day prior to trip date to reconfirm tour departure time, date and discuss exact timings. +64 7892 2751. Adrift Tongariro will not be liable to you for any losses that you may incur if you fail to do so.
Terms and conditions
The terms and conditions listed below are specific to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Walk Kiwi Winter Special and Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Guided Walk Kiwi Winter Special and supersede the corresponding sections in the Adrift Tongariro’s standard Terms and conditions. All other standard Terms and Conditions apply please see www.adriftnz.co.nz .
To meet with current Covid-19 NZ regulations. All bookings are subject to the following.
Payment in full is taken upon booking.
Confirmation of booking will be emailed once payment is received in full.
Confirmation of booking will serve as receipt and if applicable GST invoice.
Single Person Bookings
We take all individual and group bookings. If you are traveling alone please book as we generally always meet minimum numbers, especially on good weather days. Our Minimum group size is three people. Prices are based on a minimum of three people. Single customers will be accepted but should the minimum number of three not be met we will charge a surcharge of an extra person or re-book the client onto a date when minimum numbers have been met. If possible and agreeable with all parties, single customers will be placed with a group and there will be no surcharge.
New Zealand weather is extremely changeable and thus impossible to forecast accurately. Adrift Tongariro have the right to reschedule an adventure should we consider the weather to cause too high a risk. Adrift Tongariro guarantees a departure in all weather conditions, provided we can offer one safely.
We thrive and excel in the wind, rain, sleet, snow and even hot and humid conditions. Our guides are fully qualified and have the experience to handle all conditions. For all tours decisions are made at the meeting time for that tour at the Adrift Tongariro base.
All departures meet at the Adrift Tongariro base 53 Carroll St, National Park Village.
In the event of adverse conditions, the following options are available at either the client's request or Adrift Tongariro’s decision:
Option 1 Adrift Tongariro commences the tour with the intention of completing the tour.
If during the tour the weather encountered is not safe to proceed along the stated route, the guide will make the decision to turn the group around for safety as a result of the adverse elements (not client discomfort). If we return to the start of the hike within 4 hours of the tour commencement then we will offer the client the ability to postpone the booking anytime until January 1st 2022. No refunds will be given. In the event the tour route fails to be completed because of conditions but exceeds the 4 hour return time, then Adrift Tongariro may offer another future trip with a 50% discount applied.No refunds will be given.
Option 2 At the tour meeting time at the Adrift Tongariro base the Adrift Tongariro team will gauge the safety of the route. Adrift Tongariro will deem the weather to be unsafe if there is consistently 10mm or more of rain combined with wind gusts of 70 km/h or higher, forecasted for the 6 hour period starting at the commencement of the tour. If we believe that the advertised route should not be attempted for safety, Adrift Tongariro will suggest either an alternate route where the client will get to see similar terrain as they would on the tour booked without the same exposure to the weather, or we will rebook you on the next available tour, alternatively, at your option, postpone your booking until January 1st 2022. No refunds will be given.
If for any reason you want to or need to alter the date of your tour, then you can postpone your booking until 30 April 2021 at this great price up to 7 days prior the tour date, this must be via email firstname.lastname@example.org. No refunds will be given.
Adrift Tongariro accepts no responsibility for the clients use of third party transportation nor any acts of god, illness or injury, affecting the client’s ability to commence their scheduled tour. No refund will be made on cancellations or if the client does not show up for their scheduled tour.