Tongariro National Park is New Zealand’s oldest National Park and a dual world heritage area. Tongariro offers awesome eco adventure and it’s a place of extremes and surprises. There are herb fields and forests, tranquil lakes and desert-like plateaus and active volcanos. You will find the most unspoilt scenery here.
The Tongariro National Park is home to three magnificent volcanoes – Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe (“Mount Doom” featured in the Lord of the Rings). In the season, many skiers and snowboarders find their way here. Mt Ruapehu has the Turoa and Whakapapa ski areas on its slopes. These two combined make up the largest ski-area in New Zealand, with 1.800 hectares of spotless snow. (Tongariro erupted 06 August 2012).
If you enjoy hiking, then Tongariro is the place to go. Many backcountry huts are located throughout the park and linked by excellent track systems. One of the best one day walks in New Zealand is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This walk offers 17 km of fantastic hiking and can be done as part of the longer Northern Circuit, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. There are pickups from our holiday park to the Tongariro Crossing.
There are also many easy, short walks: to spectacular waterfall and fascinating volcanic features and through a variety of landscapes. Winter routes to the mountain summits are suitable for experienced trampers/climbers only. Walks brochures are available from the local visitor centres. So if you’re in Taupo to enjoy the scenery, you sure don’t want to miss this!