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Sunrise Trips

With the Milky Way at your fingertips and shooting stars streaming in the clarity that only the pre-dawn can achieve, come and see the sunrise at Red Crater and enjoy breakfast alfresco.

The Department of Conservation encourage visitors to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing to book in advance for visits after 14 October. There is no cost to book. For more information, head here.

Join a guided sunrise tour and gain a deeper appreciation for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and it's magnificent scenery that will leave you speechless. This is an incredible must-do if you get the chance as not much beats a sunrise at a mountain top.

Winter Sunrise Tongariro Alpine Crossing viewed from the top - Visit Ruapehu.jpg

The route taken often varies between the standard route to the standard route in reverse, and sometimes a route that takes us back to the start. The route picked is dependent on weather conditions time of year and your needs and ability. The sunrise route is the same route as the daytime tour but with one obvious exception ... NO CROWDS!

Local operators Adrift Tongariro Guiding and Adventure Outdoors Tongariro supply your sunrise breakfast, any clothing or footwear you may require, head-torches, and your guide to make sure everyone is safe, on-track for the sunrise and having a great adventure.

Departure times will be advised in accordance with the changing sunrise times. Depending on the time of the year, departure times will vary between 1.30 am-3.00 am. The trip takes about 8 hours.

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