Tongariro National Park

View of Mt Tongariro, Blue Lake and Lake Taupo from the summit
Image: Lukas Marek | Creative Commons


Tongariro is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. This status recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.


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Place overview


  • Camping
  • Climbing
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Skiing and ski touring
  • Walking and tramping

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Find things to do and places to stay Tongariro National Park

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There are a range of fantastic mountaineering and climbing opportunities in the park in all seasons. Winter climbing to the mountain summits is suitable for experienced hikers and climbers only. There are also many rock-climbing opportunities in the summer season.

Heritage sightseeing

Visit these heritage sites in the park and experience history right where it happened:


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.

Special events

More information about events in the region: National Park Village website | Visit Ruapehu website

Mahi Aroha summer programme

What: A series of guided trips in and around the Tongariro National Park region.  The summer programme is a unique and special part of the Tongariro National Park, from its beginnings in the 1960s to the present day.

The trips allow you to learn more indepth information about parts of the region, or visit a new place you would not otherwise have gone to, meet like-minded people who love the area, and meet some of the DOC staff and dedicated volunteers who love to share their knowledge.

When: December - January

Tussock Traverse

What: A selection of running and walking races of different lengths, from Tukino mountain road on the eastern side of Ruapehu, along a section of the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk, finishing at the Chateau hotel in Whakapapa Village.

When: Late January

Find out more on the Tussock Traverse website.

The Goat

What: A popular alpine adventure race from Whakapapa to Turoa on the Round the Mountain Track.

When: Early December

Find out more on The Goat website.


What: A selection of mountain biking, running and walking races of different lengths along the 42 Traverse, through the Tongariro Forest Conservation Area.

When: Early May

Find out more on the T42 website.

Peak to Powderkeg

What: A multisport event involving skiing or snowboarding, running and cycling, from Turoa ski field to the Powderkeg hotel in Ohakune.

When: October

Find out more on the Peak to Powderkeg website.

Taupo events

What: There are a variety of sporting, artistic and cultural events in and around the Taupo region

When: Year round

Find out more on the Taupō District Council website. 

Volunteer for conservation in the Central North Island

What: Get involved in a local community conservation project – see amazing places, meet great people!

When: Year round

Find out more: Volunteering opportunities in the Central North Island

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