Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park, Rotorua Overview

With a dual UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its volcanic landscape and cultural significance, the Tongariro National Park is a must-see attraction in Rotorua, New Zealand. It is the oldest and the first of all National Parks in the country and is a marvel of nature with three breathing volcanoes - Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro in the heart of the park. This park presents its visitors with plenty of activities like walks and treks, skiing and snowboarding on Mount Ruapehu in the winters.

Tongariro National Park offers the visitors who choose to join the ‘Tongariro Alpine Crossing’ trek, with breathtaking views of the mountain and the landscape. It is considered to be one of the highlights of the park and the best one day trek in the country. This trek is a beautiful hike through the alpine meadows, native forests and volcanic craters of the park and besides the trek, the walks and nature trails through the park are a great place to observe the diverse flora and fauna here. Another attraction to not miss while here are the majestic waterfalls which can be seen on walks across the park in Great Lake Walkway and Huka Falls trails.


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Activities and Events at Tongariro National Park

Leisure Adventures
Although this park sits on three bubbling and active volcanoes, it has turned into a tourist hotspot in recent times, with villages in and around the park joining in and offering various leisure as well as adventure activities like river rafting, mountain bike trips, adventure rides, and mini-golf and canoe trips.
Winter Sports
In winter, Mt Ruapehu turns into a skiing and snowboarding area where visitors can enjoy the sports or play with the snow. The park also has facilities for the guests to stay in huts along with cabins, lodges and cottages.

Historical Significance

Located in North Island, New Zealand amid scenic landscapes and stunning mountains in Tongariro National Park - the first to be established in New Zealand in 1887. It is amongst the oldest National Parks in the world and is the hub of active volcanic sites like the Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.
UNESCO Recognised
About a century later of its inception this park was awarded the status of a dual UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance to the Māori tribe and its magnificent volcanic features.

Visitor Tips

1. If you plan to spend your time here, make sure you keep a check on information regarding weather, track conditions and volcanic activity.
2. In case you want to stay in a hikers’ hut overnight, it is advised to fill an intention form at the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre.

How To Reach Tongariro National Park

To reach here, shuttles are available to Whakapapa Village and hiking tracks from the towns nearby.
By Bus
The daily national bus services are available to and from Ohakune, Taumarunui, National Park and Turangi.
By Train
This park has train services available as well with the main trunk railway train running three days every week to the south and the other days to the north between Auckland and Wellington and passing through the Park village and Ohakune. If you plan to drive here, take the State Highway 48 to reach the Whakapapa Village which is the main entrance to the park.
By Air
Flights are also available to this place on a daily routine till Taupo, with sightseeing flights flying from Taupo, Turangi and Mount Ruapehu airstrips.

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