Adrift Tongariro, Guided Outdoor Adventures, Tongariro

Adrift Tongariro are an outdoor Adventure company specialising in guided adventures in the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks.


Adrift Tongariro are a personal and professional organisation that can tailor guided adventures to suit your individual needs and ensure your outdoor experience is adventurous, comfortable and safe. One of their flagship adventures is the Guided Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Adrift have vast experience in working with people of all ages and abilities. They provide unique adventures for families, individuals and groups of all kinds. Their clients are from New Zealand and from overseas and they guarantee you an exceptional and unique experience.

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Tongariro National Park – Walks

The Tongariro National Park has dual world heritage status and the Northern Circuit is part of the Department of Conservation ‘Great Walks’ network. The three active volcanoes, Mt Tongariro (1967m), Mt Ngauruhoe (2291m) and Mt Ruapehu (2797m), are majestic and dominate the skyline.

Violent eruptions and glaciers long gone, have all left amazing textures, colours and landscapes that can tell many stories if you know how to read them.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Our most popular trip is the 1-day Tongariro Alpine Crossing. In summer this track can be very crowded so we have tailored a special route for our guided clients. We visit the popular sights on the Crossing but then we leave the crowds and head off in another direction to experience a few awesome sites. Another option we offer is Pre-dawn departures.

This walk has you on the top of Red Crater watching the sun rise in unique lighting and with the peaceful, still, quiet moments of the dawn. During winter, crampons and ice axes are required. Winter has the luxury of few other walkers and a peaceful snow setting.

Price Indicator: From $225 per person

Northern Circuit 3 Day Walk

The Northern Circuit is a 3-day tramp starting on Mt Ruapehu and encircles Mt Ngauruhoe. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track, explosion craters, lava flows, Tama Lakes, Taranaki Falls and the Rangipo and Otarere deserts, are explored on this trek. Mt Ngauruhoe last eruption was sporadic between 1973-1975.

During this period, a 3,000 tonne block of lava was thrown out of its crater. Since 1839, Ngauruhoe has erupted 61 times with breaks lasting no more than nine years (until 1975), and it is this regular activity that formed the perfect symmetry of its cone shape. Accommodation is in shared dormitory style Department of Conservation Huts, offering a very basic standard and with shared toilet facilities and no hot water.

Price Indicator: From $850 per person

The Whanganui National Park – Canoe Trips

The Whanganui National Park has rugged terrain covered in lush native forest with the Whanganui River flowing through it. The river from Taumarunui to Pipiriki is part of the Department of Conservation ‘Great Walk’ network. The 3 or 4 day Whakahoro to Pipiriki section is the most popular canoeing section. From Whakahoro, the only access out is by canoe and this remoteness with forest filtered fresh air makes for a rejuvenating holiday. The Canadian Canoes used, are well suited for the rapids and the long still water of the gorges and they hold plenty of gear. Luxuries are a must!

The Whanganui River is rich with Maori and European history, the largest reminder of which, is the famous ‘Bridge to Nowhere’. Just like the early explorers, you will see the spectacular sheer gorges rising hundreds of metres to distant ridges and hopefully hear a Kiwi calling, while eating dinner under the stars. Adrift provides qualified, experienced and personable guides whose sole purpose is to ensure you have a safe, enjoyably and memorable adventure. There are many marvels and obstacles on the journey where our guides willingly offer their experience and anecdotes. Equally there are times where you are left to absorb the tranquillity and solitude.

Whanganui 3 Day Canoe Adventure

All itineraries are a suggestion only, and will be altered to meet with your needs and wishes. Adrift Outdoors have itineraries for 6-1 day trips. However, this 3 day trip is the most popular.

3-day Whakahoro to Pipiriki

Day 0
Arrive at National Park Village. Make contact with Adrift and pick-up your dry barrels.

Day 1 – Whakahoro to John Coull Hut (Accommodation pick-up 8.00am) This day involves a 6-hour paddle to John Coull Hut. You will be passing the Mangapapa and Ohauora campsites at 2 hrs and 4-hrs paddling, respectively. Just before the Ohauora Campsite is Tamatea’s Cave.

Day 2 – John Coull Hut to Tieke Marae Today you have a 5-hour paddle from John Coull Hut to Tieke Marae. Passing Mangawaiti and the Upper Mangapurua campsites at one and a half hour intervals. Just before the Mangapurua Campsite is the track up to the Bridge to Nowhere (1.5 hour return walk).

Day 3 – Tieke Marae to Pipiriki From Tieke, it is a four hour paddle to Pipiriki and at 2 pm you will be met by Adrift Outdoor’s transport which will take you back to National Park Village by 4.30 pm. But before that, where you will pass the Ngaporo Campsite, successfully negotiate the 3 largest rapids of the journey including the Ngaporo Rapid and the infamous Autapu Rapid!

Price Indicator: From $750 per person

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