Private Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Guided hike
- Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
- Location: National Park Village, NZ
- Product code: GWEXRCL
Our privately 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 your group is private to you, your guides are well informed and keep you safe by constantly assessing the weather and track conditions, timing for your Ketetahi personalised transport pick-up, and other little details that will maximise your enjoyment. They can also tailor the trip to accommodate different fitness levels and avoid weather-exposed sections.
For those who like a manageable challenge, we offer a full day private Ruapehu Guided hike. 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.
Please note: A minimum of two people are required to offer this private tour. Subsequent bookings over and above two people can book at the standard tour rate.
Private guide/s, transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity, lunch (vegetarian available on request at time of booking), crampons and ice axes if required for winter conditions, all clothing and footwear hire.
Tour starts and finishes at the Adrift Tongariro Base 53 Carroll St, National Park Village.
Summer (1 October - 30 April), Winter (1 May - 30 September)
Meet at the Adrift Tongariro Base: 10:00am
Meet at the Adrift Tongariro Base: 7:30am
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.
Private Return Transfers
Return transfers are an additional service and cost over and above the tour booking to be added as an optional extra at booking. Please see optional extras for pricing. Return transfers require a minimum of 2 to operate.. Private return transfer clients have the luxury of a later start time which can be discussed with Adrift Tongariro. For full terms and conditions click here. Summer (1 October - 30 April), Winter (1 May - 30 September).
Summer Pick up 9:30am / Return 6:30pm Winter Pick up 9:30am / Return 6:30pm
Summer Pick up 9:45am / Return 6:30pm Winter Pick up 7:00am / Return 5:30pm
Summer Pick up 9:30am / Return 6:30pm Winter Pick up 7:00am / Return 5:30pm
Summer Pick up 8:30am / Return 7:00pm Winter Pick up 6:15am / Return 5:30pm
Water (1-2 litres), Personal medications (e.g. Asthma Inhaler, blister protection etc), sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, backpack per person, hiking boots/shoes, walking trousers, 1 light top and 2 warm top layers (wool, merino, thermals, fleece, soft shell etc. are good layers), Waterproof raincoat.
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.
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.
Hiking distance is 10 kms return or 7 kms return when the chairlift is utilised. Hiking time is about 6-7 hours. This hike requires a good level of fitness. The terrain is uneven and steep in places. It is possible to take the hike as far as Knoll Ridge Café, 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.
If you have paid for transfers it is essential you phone the Adrift Tongariro base 24 hours prior to trip date to discuss exact timings. +64 7892 2751.
Terms and conditions
For full terms and conditions click here.