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Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  1. Visit Ruapehu
  2. Explore the Region
  3. Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park

With its ruggedly diverse landscape, from volcanic peaks to lush native bush and rivers, the Tongariro National Park World Heritage Site is a natural wonder that beams quintessential New Zealand.

Situated in the middle of the North Island, south of Lake Taupo, and covering almost 80,000 hectares, the Tongariro National Park World Heritage site is easily accessible from a variety of neighbouring towns.

Getting to the park is easy, with good quality roads complete with stunning scenery to enjoy along the way. The starting point of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, as well as the Whakapapa ski area at Mount Ruapehu, are both 20 to 35mins from National Park Village, 45mins to 1hr from OhakuneTurangi or Taumarunui and between 1hr20 and 1hr35 from Lake Taupo township. Whakapapa Village is right in the action, just 8 mins to the ski area, and also nicely located for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing just 35 minutes away by car.

Base yourself in or around this stunning location and spend some time exploring the pure outdoors. 

Getting Here

The Ruapehu region is located in the centre of New Zealand's North Island halfway between Auckland and Wellington - both less than 4 hours drive.

Kiwirail operates scenic rail services between Auckland and Wellington, with stops at National Park Village and Ohakune, and national bus operators offer daily services to the area. Closest airports are Taupo, Whanganui and Palmerston North.

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