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Tongariro National Park

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World heritage site · Hiking Trails · Ski Areas
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape. The mountainous reserve in the center of the North Island houses three active volcanoes--the aquamarine crater lakes that adorn these volcanic hotspots are widely considered to be among the best attractions in the country. During a trip to Tongariro National Park, many visitors choose to hike and climb to admire the lakes on challenging day excursions. Use our New Zealand trip planner to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Hiking Trail
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Duration: 8 hours
Horsemtrails ©
Hiking Trail
Horsemtrails
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Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Historic Walking Area
Ohakune Old Coach Road
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Active Outdoor Adventures
National Park
Active Outdoor Adventures
4.8
Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Tongariro National Park

Mount Ruapehu ©
Volcano
Mount Ruapehu
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
Tama Lakes ©
Water Body
Tama Lakes Whakapapa
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Duration: 4 hours
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Hiking Trail
Tongariro Northern Circuit
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Taranaki Falls ©
Waterfall
Taranaki Falls
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Trails in Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Track ©
Hiking Trail
Rotopounamu Track
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Silica Rapids Track ©
Hiking Trail
Silica Rapids Track Whakapapa
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Whakapapa Nature Walk ©
Hiking Trail
Whakapapa Nature Walk
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Ridge Track ©
Hiking Trail
Ridge Track Whakapapa
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Tongariro National Park

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing Turangi
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Timber Trail NZ
Biking Trail
Timber Trail NZ Pureora Forest Park
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Tongariro National Trout Centre ©
Wildlife Area
Tongariro National Trout Centre Turangi
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Mt Ngauruhoe ©
Park
Mt Ngauruhoe Turangi
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Tongariro National Park

Tawhai Falls ©
Waterfall
Tawhai Falls
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Mangawhero Falls ©
Waterfall
Mangawhero Falls
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
Te Porere Redoubt ©
National Park
Te Porere Redoubt
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Winter Sports in Tongariro National Park

Turoa Ski Area
Ski Area
Turoa Ski Area
1.4
Duration: 8 hours
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu ©
Ski Area
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa
2.1
Duration: 8 hours

Where to stay in Tongariro National Park

The few accommodations within the park itself cluster around Route 48--the main road leading into the protected area--and consist of a campsite and two well-appointed alpine-style hotels. If you can't find a room there, look just outside the entrance to the settlement of National Park, offering a selection of mid-range and luxury mountain lodges on Route 4. Most of the options there offer free parking and complimentary breakfast.
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