New Zealand

Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures

Location:Taupo

Summer Crossings

For our summer guided trips, we want to provide our clients with a really personal, informative and friendly day they will never forget. Luckily the beautiful scenery does a lot of the work for us but we have tailored this trip so that group sizes are small, your guides are well informed and are able to provide you with an experience we ourselves would like to have.

The route from Mangatepopo to Ketetahi is about 19 kms, a reasonably good level of fitness is required. If you are concerned about your fitness please let your guide know before commencing the walk, as there are options they may be able to offer if your concerns come to fruition. Walking time is about 7 hours including stops. No alpine experience is required.

From - 1st Nov - 30 Jun or when daylight hours are plentiful and snow and ice has cleared from the track.

Included in price - Guide/s, lunch, return transport, accommodation pick-ups from National Park Village or Whakapapa Village, additional footwear and clothing (if required), and a delightful post-trip refreshment.

Summer Gear List - The following items are required in summer and we have these available if you do not have your own.

  • Tramping boots or sturdy tramping shoes
  • Thermal longs and walking trousers (no jeans please!) and/or waterproof over-trousers
  • 2 warm top layers (thermal, wool, fleece, polyprop, soft shells are good fabrics). Cotton is not suitable
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack

You will need to also bring - Sunscreen, water 1-1.5 litres, personal medications e.g. asthma inhaler.
We supply lunch in summer.

Summer meeting places and departure times

  • Taupo - Accommodation pick-ups are available. Meeting time is 7.00-7.30 am approx. Please advise us the day prior to your trip if you require any additional gear i.e. Boots, Raincoat, Backpack etc.
  • Turangi - Accommodation or pick-ups from the Turangi I-site are available. Meeting time is usually 7.45-8.00 am. Please advise us the day prior to your trip if you require any additional gear i.e. Boots, Raincoat, Backpack etc.
  • National Park Village - Accommodation pick-ups are available or come to our National Park Base at 3 Waimarino-Tokaanu Road, National Park Village. Meeting time is 8.00-8.30 am. Directions to Adrift Base are: Go to the G.A.S petrol station at the intersection of State Highway 47 and 4. Behind the petrol station is Macrocarpa Cafe and Adrift is based in the same building as the cafe except we are around the back of the building. All day parking is available around the back and side of the cafe. The car parks in the front of the cafe are for short-term parking only. 
  • Whakapapa Village - Accommodation pick-ups are available during summer. Meeting times are 8.00-8.30 am. Please advise us the day prior to your trip if you require any additional gear i.e. Boots, Raincoat, Backpacks etc.

Adrift will advise of any changes in the meeting times the day prior to your trip.

 

Winter Crossings

During winter, crampons and ice axes are required and our guides are there to show you how to use them safely. The guides will also check if you have the right gear to undertake the walk, and will be constantly assessing throughout the day to make sure everyone is doing well. Daylight hours are shorter in winter and the guides will be doing the time management for you! No alpine experience is required when undertaking a guided trip. 

The route from Mangatepopo to Ketetahi is about 19 kms, a reasonably good level of fitness is required. If you are concerned about your fitness, please let your guide know before commencing the walk as there are options they may be able to offer if your concerns come to fruition. Walking time is about 7 hours including stops.

From -  1st June-31st Oct or when snow and ice are on track.

Include in price - Guide/s, crampons and ice axe, return transport from Taupo, Turangi or National Park Village, additional footwear and clothing (if required), and a delightful post-trip refreshment.

Winter Gear List - The following items are required in winter and we have these available if you do not have your own.

  • Sturdy boots suitable for crampons
  • Thermal longs and walking trousers (no jeans please)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • 3 warm top layers (thermal, wool, fleece, soft shell are good fabrics. Cotton is not suitable)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack

You will need to also bring - Sunscreen, lunch, water, blister protection and personal medications ie. ashma inhaler.

Winter meeting places and departure times

  • Taupo - Accommodation pick-ups are available or come to our Taupo Base at 77 Spa Road. Meeting time is 6.00 am. Street parking is available on the corner of Spa Road and Taniwha Street, Taupo.
  • Turangi - Accommodation pick-ups are available or from the Turangi I-site. Meeting time is 7.30am. Please advise us the day prior to your trip if you require any additional gear ie. boots, waterproof trousers etc.
  • National Park Village - Meeting place is Adrift Base 3 Waimarino-Tokaanu Rd, National Park Village. Meeting time is 7.00am. Directions to Adrift Base are: Go to the G.A.S petrol station at intersection of State Highway 47 and State Highway 4, Behind the petrol station is Macrocarpa Cafe and Adrift is based in the same building as the cafe except we are around the back of the building. All day parking is available around the back and side of the cafe. The car parks in the front of the cafe are for short term parking only.

Adrift will advise of any changes in the meeting times the day prior to your trip.

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