Join us for an epic weekend away taking on the Tongariro crossing
The Tongariro Crossing is rated as one of New Zealand’s best day hikes and for good reason! It’s not too often you have the opportunity to witness active craters, lava flows and the spectacular Emerald and Blue Lakes. Winter is a truly magical time to do the crossing with the snowy terrain making the hike even more beautiful.
We will be taking a group from Wellington and another group from Auckland who will link up and stay in Ohakune.
This tour is for Kiwis, travellers, groups and individuals and is a great way to link up with other like-minded explorers for a truly unique experience. Our Roady goers are a social bunch who enjoy sharing a yahn over a couple of cold ones after an action packed day
No alpine hiking experience? No worries! We’ve got some of NZs best alpine guides from Adventure Outdoors Tongariro guiding us and will provide you with all the gear you need.
2pm: Leave Wellington or Auckland on the fun bus, get to know the group who you’ll be trekking with
7pm: Arrive at your accommodation LKNZ for a home cooked dinner and a couple of drinks (but not too many, you’ve got a big day tomorrow!)
5:30am Up, get ready, breaky
6:30am Leave Ohakune
7:00am Arrive in National park to get kitted up with Adventure Outdoors Tongariro
9:00am Start the crossing
5pm Arrive back at National Park
6pm Arrive back in Ohakune
7pm Freshen up and head to Powderkeg for dinner to celebrate knocking off NZ’s best day hike. Time to unwind and celebrate over a few cold ones with the group.
8:15am Wake up, shower, stretch
9:00am Off for brunch with the crew at one of our fav local cafes
10:30am Depart Ohakune
3:30pm Arrive back in Auckland/ Wellington
Is it hard?
The Tongariro Crossing is classed as an Intermediate walk. It is 19.4kms and will take us between 6 – 8 hours with stops. You need a decent base level of fitness and to be comfortable walking for that length of time. No hiking or alpine hiking experience is necessary.[/accordion_item][/accordion]
Do I need hiking experience?
No alpine hiking experience is required as you will be well looked after by the legends at Adventure Outdoors Tongariro, who are trained Alpine guides. However a good level of fitness is required.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring a backpack, gloves & beanie and a couple of underlayers (speak to us if you don’t have these items and we should be able to help).
Adventure Outdoors Tongariro will provide you with a Winter Jacket, Fleece pants & tops, Boots, Ice Axe, Crampons, Helmet. Please feel free to bring your own gear if you have it.
What if the weather conditions don’t allow us to do the crossing?
Every now and then the weather conditions are unsafe to do the crossing. Although this situation would be disappointing, we have some great wet weather alternatives including:
- Kayaking on the Whakapapa River
- Old Coach Road Mountain Biking
- Indoor rock climbing
- Hot pools
If your guided tongariro hike has to be cancelled you may receive a partial refund if your wet weather activity is less expensive.
If we have to cancel the tour due to weather conditions:
Roady Travel Ltd has the right to cancel a tour in advance if weather conditions are looking unmanageable. In this situation the customer will receive a full refund or the option to rebook the tour for a different date.
If the trip goes ahead but your guided tongariro hike has to be cancelled and you complete a different wet weather activity, you may receive a partial refund if your wet weather activity is less expensive than the guided Tongariro Crossing cost.
In adverse or changeable weather – If we go ahead with the tour you accept that the tour may not complete the whole of the activity if changeable weather and/or adverse conditions develop & affect the safety of Adventure Outdoors Staff and / or its participants. In this case you still pay full price You will not be refunded.
If you participate in a tour and are unable to complete the tour due to lack of fitness / ability / a medical condition / or you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol which may put yourself, our staff and our participants in danger we have the right to withdraw any person who in our opinion is likely to endanger themselves or others. We reserve the right to change plans and/or cancel your program if we become concerned for any reason for your safety or that of any person in our care. No refund will be given in this situation.
If you cancel your group tour:
10 days or more notice = 95% refund (5% admin fee)
9 to 3 days notice = 50% refund
2 days or less notice = no refund