MOONLIGHT TONGARIRO CROSSING, NEW ZEALAND

20 - 22 FEBRUARY, 2023

MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION OF NEW ZEALAND

Discover the dramatic, awe-inspiring scenery of New Zealand’s renowned Tongariro Crossing by moonlight to promote positive health and wellbeing. 

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Fast Facts

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DATES

20-22 February 2023

3 day trip, 2 day challenge

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Fundraising Target

NZ $3,000

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Accommodation

Twin-share in 3-star lodge

3/5

Difficulty

4/5

The Challenge

Trek New Zealand’s Tongariro Crossing to help the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand create a society where all people flourish.

In February 2023, you’re invited to journey across the dramatic, volcanic landscape of Tongariro Crossing, along one of the world’s premier one-day walking tracks. Immersed in natural beauty and the rich history of Aotearoa’s Māori culture, as part of the MHFNZ Moonlight Trek, you’ll follow winding paths to Red Crater, in time to watch the sunrise over the Central Plateau and the eerily beautiful lands beyond. 

With the silhouettes of Mounts Ngāuruhoe, Ruapehu and Tongariro your constant companions, you’ll traverse a Mars-like landscape dotted with spectacular magma formations under a star-studded sky. You’ll trek between steaming vents and alpine springs, beside emerald lakes and around moonscape basins as ongoing rumblings from the ground below remind you that the lifeblood of this amazing land still flows underfoot.

Best of all, with every step you take, you’ll raise vital funds for the Mental Health Foundation to provide resources and tools to help people support themselves and other during uncertain times.

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Testimonials

"I saw some beautiful spots, met some amazing people and stepped out of my comfort zone.”

— Judith Shrimpton, New Zealand Adventure 2018

The Difference You'll Make

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Did you know 1 in 5 New Zealanders will experience mental health challenges in their lifetime? Or that New Zealand has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the world?

The Mental Health Foundation works tirelessly to create a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing. But we need your help.

As part of the MHFNZ Moonlight Trek, you’ll raise vital funds to help us reach more people with the support they need, now and into the future. It’ll enable us to continue our incredible work nationwide – supporting parents, families, communities and workplaces by giving them the resources and techniques they need to support themselves and people around them during uncertain times.

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  • $40 distributes 132 physical mental health resources to schools, workplaces, communities and healthcare centres, ready for those who need them
  • $80 enables the Mental Health Foundation staff to respond to 6 enquiries from people experiencing mental health issues
  • $150 supplies 48 sets of digital support and guidance resources, enabling 32 individuals or organisations to support a friend or colleague through mental distress

Every step you take as part of this incredible adventure brings us one step closer to an Aotearoa in which everyone can enjoy good mental health and wellbeing, and build and sustain wellbeing.

Join Us With Confidence

We understand the dilemma of making travel plans when the world feels unpredictable right now. You can still register for an Inspired Adventure in complete confidence, because we promise to look after you should COVID-19 travel bans affect your plans.

If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date to allow you still to travel as planned. For more information visit our COVID-19 hub or read our full Terms & Conditions.

Pricing & Itinerary

Save $100 on your registration fee when you sign up before 28 August! Secure your place for only $290.

NZ $290

Registration fee*

NZ $950

Travel package†

*non-refundable †excludes airfares

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Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

Are you ready for an epic adventure? This afternoon, you’ll be collected from central Rotorua or the Rotorua Airport before meeting the team and guides. We then set off on a scenic drive along the eastern shores of Lake Taupō to Tongariro National Park. With clear views all the way to Tongariro volcanic massif, this is one drive you won’t want to sleep through. Upon arrival, we enjoy afternoon tea beside the famous Huka Falls in Taupō. We then take on the two-hour loop walk around Lake Rotopounamu, at the foot of Mount Pihanga. In the evening, there’s ample time to settle into our accommodation before gathering at a local pub for a team welcome dinner. It’s then off to bed in preparation for our (very) early start in the morning!

Trekking Distance: 5km

Meals: Dinner

Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in 3-Star lodge based on twin-share • Meals as per itinerary • Professional hiking guide • National Park fees • Hot pool entry fees • Complimentary hire of hiking gear (by prior arrangement)

Doesn't include: Airfares • Airport transfers • Return transport to Rotorua City Travel insurance (highly recommended) • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities (optional)

Our Climate Commitment

When you travel with us, $10 goes towards carbon offsetting projects in New Zealand. You'll be supporting Ekos as they grow and protect indigenous forests to improve the quality of local waterways, mitigate the risk of extreme weather events and combat climate change. For more on how we're bettering the planet, read our Climate Action Plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a comprehensive list of FAQs, download the information pack by filling in the form.