Tramper looking at Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park
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's dual World Heritage status recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.
Find out about activities you can do in Tongariro National Park. One of the best one day hikes in the country is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It can also be done as part of the longer Tongariro Northern Circuit, one of New Zealand's Great Walks.
Find out about accommodation options around Tongariro National Park.
Find information on how to get to Tongariro National Park, and safety tips for being properly equipped and well prepared for hiking in the Park.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track crosses spectacular active volcanic terrain, and takes around 6 - 8 hours to complete.
Winding its way around the active volcanoes Tongariro and Ngauruhoe is the Tongariro Northern Circuit, one of New Zealand's Great Walks.
The climb up to Mount Ruapehu Crater is not a marked route. People wishing to make the climb to the crater should be experienced trampers and well equipped.
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