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

The visitor centre is located in Whakapapa Village, the main gateway into the park. It is New Zealand’s first national park and a UNESCO dual World Heritage Area recognised for its natural and cultural landscapes. 

Nau mai, haere mai. On arrival to the village call into the centre for an introduction to the national park. Get expert advice and in-depth local knowledge from our friendly staff on recreational opportunities, current safety messages, conservation and Māori history.

Contact details

Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 7 892 3729
Address Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu 3083

Getting there

We are is located on the corner of SH48 and Tawera Place in the centre of Whakapapa Village. 

From National Park Village, follow SH47 for about 9 km. Turn right into SH48. This turn off is signposted for the Chateau and Whakapapa. Drive for another 6 km and the visitor centre is on the left hand side of the road. There is parking on the opposite side of the road.

From Tūrangi, follow SH41 (3 km), SH47 (37 km), then SH48 (6 km). The travel time from Tūrangi is about 40 min. 

Opening hours

  • 8 am – 4.30 pm daily
  • Closed Christmas Day 25 December

Information and services

  • Hiking track information and current conditions.
  • Weather, ski field, and avalanche reports.
  • Exhibits on the volcanoes, māori 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.
  • Dog control and hunting permits.
  • 24 hour access foyer with weather and track information.
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