The Drifts, also called the Wastes by Matoran, were vast plains atop Mount Ihu that were covered in snow by the ever-present blizzards that swept them. Very little is known about these plains, but it was rumored that a hermit named Kantai,who possessed great knowledge of willpower, dwelled here by an ice flow. Matoro would occasionally hunt Rahi here. It was a dangerous place, however, for non-Ko-Matoran: the relentless wind and snow lashed at any travelers and obscured their vision, making it near-impossible to avoid becoming disoriented without flags or some other means of marking a path. Any Matoran who got lost in the Wastes would succumb to the cold, pass out, and eventually die, making a trip through the wastes potentially deadly to the inexperienced traveler.
The Drifts were cleared after the Toa Nuva released the Bahrag from their seal, thus unleashing the Bohrok once again, and the region was destroyed when Mata Nui awakened.
Apart from the snow covered drifts and colossal ice chunks, the landscape is rugged, with no trees in sight. The winds only worsen on the cliffs below The Drifts, but visibility is improved there as the snow is blown away. Large rocks, half covered in snow, dot the landscape in places. Mysteriously, one of these rocks had an inscription which read "Beware the Swarm", before the Bohrok were even known about. The Temple of Peace exists in the Drifts where it holds the Crystal of Peace.