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Experience the Tongariro Alpine Crossing this winter

Walker on the Tongariro Crossing in Winter

Tramping the Tongariro Crossing is an amazing experience

You may have read our recent post talking about New Zealand’s best one day walk (*nudge nudge* and wondered how easy it is to do that walk during the winter months. Well, we hear you. The Tongariro Crossing is an amazing walk all year round although tackling it during the winter months is not recommended without a guide. That’s why we partnered up with Adventure Outdoors as part of our amazing GO Play programme to offer anyone who rents a car with Go Rentals a 10% discount on a guided tour. Pretty sweet deal right there.

Adventure Outdoors

Kayaking in the Tongariro National Park

Adventure Outdoors offer a wide range of activities including kayaking and rafting

Adventure Outdoors have been guiding people through the Tongariro Crossing since 2003 so they know this place pretty well. They are based in the National Park Village and they are super-passionate about the Tongariro National Park which is why we wanted to work with them – we love people who love what they do! They run a whole host of guided tours all year round from private guided tours to small and intimate groups. They like to go at a nice relaxed pace and give everyone the time they need to take in the beautiful surroundings. As well as walking adventures, they also offer rafting and kayaking within the National Park as well as school group and team building activities.

Winter Guided Tours – Tongariro Crossing

A view looking down from the top of the Devil's Staircase on the Tongariro Crossing

A view looking down from the top of the Devil’s Staircase on the Tongariro Crossing

Winter is a magical time to take on the majestic Tongariro Crossing, however guided tours are definitely recommended for your safety. Adventure Outdoors have got everything covered when it comes to winter tours of the Tongariro Crossing. Armed with your ice axe and crampons, the expert guides from Adventure Outdoors will navigate you safely across the 19.4km track.

All you need is the usual gear; suitable walking clothes, water, sunglasses and sunscreen; Adventure Outdoors will provide the rest including:

  • Hiking Boots
  • Winter warm Jackets
  • Fleece Pants & Tops
  • Backpacks
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Helmet

A woolly hat and gloves are also recommended although you can purchase them at a small cost.

Winter is such an awesome time to tramp the Tongariro Crossing. Whilst it might be cold, if you get one of those amazing cloudless winter days that New Zealand is known for in the winter, there is no better feeling than the cold air and the stunning snow-capped volcanoes all around.

Emerald Lakes on the Tongariro Crossing in winter

The Emerald Lakes on the Tongariro Crossing are amazing any time of the year

This is one of our favourite things to do in the winter and you can even combine it with a long weekend away and squeeze in some skiing whilst you are in the area. The Tongariro National Park is a winter wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts and one of the most popular tourist destinations all year round. Make sure you pick up a rental car from GO Rentals and save money wherever you travel this winter with our exclusive GO Play card.

*All images courtesy of Adventure Outdoors

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GO Play activities in this area

  • 10% Off

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    "Winter: guided tours. Summer: Freedom hike. Transport and gear provided. Operates daily, weather dependent. Call the day before to confirm booking. Book direct - use your GO Play card"

    National Park Tongariro Tel: 0800 386 925

  • 10% Off

    Ruapehu Adventure Rides

    "Experience the thrill of quad biking in wide open spaces. Views of Tongariro National Park. Book direct - use your GO Play card"

    76 Kaitieke Road, Raurimu, Tongariro National Park Tel: 0800 78 7433