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Adrift Tongariro

Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Guided Walk

Help code: D2B-2C95

  • Enjoy a 8 hour guided walk
  • Experienced guide and navigator
  • Learn of the geology and New Zealand cultural history
  • Incredible volcanic scenery
  • Included lunch
  • Return transfers from the Adrift Tongariro base
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Lace up your hiking shoes and get ready for the ultimate outdoor adventure! Spend up to 8 hours exploring the beautifully rugged Mount Ruapehu region within Tongariro National Park with the help of an experienced tour guide.

This tour includes lunch to be enjoyed on the volcano overlooking Crater Lake, return transfers from the Adrift Tongariro Base, a professional and experienced guide and all necessary safety equipment. All you'll need to bring is some snacks to keep your energy levels up throughout the day, at least 1 to 2 litres of water, appropriate footwear and clothing and other necessities you may need along the way.

As you journey along the trail you'll take in views of the surrounding park, travel along the Knoll Ridge, up behind GLacier Knob and ascend Dome Ridge to take in the views from Dome Shelter. A suitable journey for those wanting to learn about the region while exploring it on foot, this journey requires a large amount of effort and a decent level of fitness.


  • A fully guided walk of Mt Ruapehu and Lake Crater
  • Professional and experienced guide
  • Return transfers from the Adrift Tongariro base
  • Lunch
  • All required safety equipment


  • Hotel transfers

Optional Extras

  • You will have a $40 credit for equipment hire, any further equipment can be hired at an additional cost
  • Hotel and city transfers may be available from Whakapapa Village, Turangi, Ohakune and Taupo for an additional costing. You are able to contact the supplier directly to discuss (details on the voucher)
  • The walk will begin at the Whakapapa Ski area, where you may be offered the choice of taking a chairlift up to Knoll Ridge Cafe. This will dependant on the day, group and operating hours. Payment for the chairlift is around NZD35 pp. Taking the lift not compulsory and will reduce the walk by approximately 3kms


  • A full day Ruapehu Guided Walk is designed for those whole would like a little more from their hike. Mt. Ruapehu an active volcano, the highest of the three volcanoes within the national park
  • The Professional and experienced guide will offer education of flora, fauna and history of the area
  • Enjoy lunch on the volcano, with breathtaking views. Gaze down into the geothermal waters of the Crater Lake
  • Specular valleys views, often with snow present
  • This trek follows the left-hand side of the Knoll Ridge t-bar line and continues through the valley
  • Once you reach the head of the valley, begin the incline up onto the ridge behind Glacier Knob
  • Your trek continues with a narrow foot track zigzagging up the face of Dome Ridge until you reach Dome Shelter
  • Alternate routes may be used dependant on weather and group fitness level

What to Bring

  • Water (1-2 liters)
  • Personal medications

What to bring

  • Water (1-1.5 liters)
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • Backpack per person
  • Extra layering in winter recommended

What to Wear

  • Outdoor shoes with grip
  • Walking trousers
  • 1 light top
  • 2 warm top layers (thermals or fleece are recommended)
  • A waterproof raincoat


  • Return transfers from the Adrift Tongariro base 53 Carroll St, National Park Village

Tour Times

  • Pick time up time will vary from 7am-9am, due to the changing seasons. An exact departure time will be provided and you can contact the supplier directly (details on voucher)
  • Summer departure will be approximately 8:00am
  • Summer departure will be approximately 7:00am


  • Summer 1 October - 30 April
  • Winter 1 May - 30 September

Tour Duration

  • Approximately 8 hours

Fitness and Experience

  • Walking distance is approximately 10kms return or 7 km with the previously mentioned chairlift (subject to operating hours and availability)
  • The walk will require a higher level of fitness as the terrain is uneven and steep in some areas

Important Information

  • All transfers require a minimum of 2 people
  • All departure times are an approximate

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you
Be vigilant of the period you're traveling, dress warmly especially in winter. Ensure to bring at least 1-1.5 liters of water for the journey.
Need help? Contact our friendly customer support service. 1300 935 532 Help Code: 2C95

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