Tongariro National Park
Located in the Central North Island region
IntroductionTongariro is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. This status recognises the park's important Māori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.
Find things to do and places to stay Tongariro National Park
There are a range of fantastic mountaineering and climbing opportunities in the park in all seasons. There are also many rock-climbing opportunities in the summer season.
Mount Ruapehu is the spectacular location of New Zealand's two largest ski fields, Whakapapa and Turoa. Visit the Ruapehu Alpine Lifts website.
Each ski field is approximately 550 ha in size, and include a wide range of terrain types suitable for beginner to advance skiers and snowboarders. There is also a smaller ski field on the eastern side of the mountain called Tukino. Visit the Tukino website.
Tongariro National Park is located in the central North Island. It is easily accessed by road and a 4–5 hr drive from both Auckland and Wellington. Whakapapa Village is the main gateway into the park, accessible on the western side off SH48.
Daily national bus services are available to and from Tongariro National Park and the nearby towns of Ohakune, Waiouru, National Park, and Tūrangi. Various shuttle buses meet the national buses and trains at Whakapapa Village and nearby towns.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing booking system
Bookings are recommended for all visitors using any part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing Track. A track booking is required for shuttle and guided walk services.
Summiting Mt Ruapehu
The mountains are sacred to local iwi (Māori tribal groups). Respectfully they ask visitors not to summit the mountains in the Tongariro National Park.
DOC discourages hiking into the summit hazard zones. See Volcanic risk in Tongariro National Park.
Anyone attempting to summit Mt Ruapehu during the summer months must have mountaineering, alpine, backcountry, navigation skills and experience. Ice axes and crampons will be required past the snow line.
There is no marked track to the summit. DOC do not administer any alpine climbing tracks on Mt Ruapehu. All ski area operations are managed by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL).
A good alternate to summiting Mt Ruapehu is the Skyline Walk located within the Whakapapa Ski Area. This track has marker poles that are managed by RAL. See RAL's self-guided and marked short walks.
There are local concessionaires who offer guided trips on all the mountains.
Unauthorised use of drones is prohibited. You must have a permit to fly a drone.
DOC does not generally approve permits to fly drones in this national park and we do not recommend you apply for one.
Tongariro National Park has several heritage sites:
|Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
|+64 7 892 3729
|+64 4 471 1117
State Highway 48
PO Box 71029
Mount Ruapehu 3951
|Full office details