Central North Island region

Tramper looking at Mount Ruapehu. Photo: Catherine Tudhope.

Tramper looking at Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park

Central North Island region map.

Established in 1887, Tongariro was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. It is also a dual World Heritage area, a status which recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.

It is a place of extremes and surprises, a place to explore and remember. From herb fields to forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes - Tongariro has them all.

This is the home of the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and one of New Zealand's 9 Great Walks – the Tongariro Northern Circuit.

Whakapapa Village is the main entrance to the park.

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Tongariro National Park is located in the central North Island of New Zealand. It is the closest national park to Auckland, New Zealands largest city, and is easily accessible from SH1. The nearest towns are Turangi, National Park and Ohakune.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 7 892 3729
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Email:   tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
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