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  3. Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  4. Sunrise Trips

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.

One of the best ways to experience the mountains is with the help of a friendly guide.

Join a guided sunrise tour and gain a deeper appreciation for the Tongaririo 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. 

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 inaccordance with the changing sunrise times. Depending on the time of the year, departure times will vary between 1.30am-3.00am. The trip takes about 8 hours (walking time including breaks = 7 hours).

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    Adrift Tongariro Guiding

    Guided walks in the Tongariro National Park, be guided by the best with Adrift Tongariro Guiding year round.

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    Adventure Outdoors Tongariro

    Fun Guided Adventures in and around the Tongariro National Park

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    Where to Stay

    Wake up in the peaceful surroundings of a National Park. Check out the range of accommodation available in Ruapehu.

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