Visit the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre to learn about the natural and cultural values of the park.

Whakapapa Visitor Centre. Image: Dave Wakelin.
The Visitor Centre provides a range of visitor information and services

The Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre (historically known as Whakapapa Visitor Centre) is located at Whakapapa Village, the main gateway into Tongariro National Park - New Zealand’s first national park and dual world heritage area.

The centre was first established in the 1960s and was redeveloped in 2001.

Opening hours

  • Labour weekend to April: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
  • May to the Friday before Labour weekend: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm daily 

Labour weekend is the last weekend in October.

Information and services you can find here

  • hiking track information and current conditions
  • weather, ski field, and avalanche reports
  • exhibits on the volcanoes, maori mythology, flora and fauna
  • a 3D model of the national park
  • audio-visual displays
  • quality merchandise including books, postcards, clothing and gifts
  • hut tickets and Great Walk reservations
  • topographical maps and brochures
  • hunting permits
  • 24 hour access foyer with public telephone, weather and track information

Stories portrayed in the centre

  • The original gift of the park in 1887 by Te Heuheu Tukino, the paramount chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa
  • The unique volcanic history of the park and its three volcanoes Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro

These two themes are linked by the dual World Heritage status of the park.

Related link

Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre teaching resource


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 892 3729
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
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