There is so much more to experience in the park for everyone, from standup paddleboarding at Lake Otamangakau through to making snowmen, taking a scenic chairlift or scenic flight or snuggling up next to the fire with good hot food and beverages spending some quality time with friends and family.
Established in 1887 as New Zealand's first National Park after being gifted to the nation by Maori chief Te Heuheu Tukino IV, and home to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park’s World Heritage site status recognises the cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous Maori people, as well as the area's outstanding volcanic features.
Made famous playing Mount Doom in the Lord Of the Rings trilogy, Mount Ngauruhoe is one of three active volcanoes that form the centrepiece of the area, with Tongariro and the larger Mount Ruapehu making up the remainder of the trio.Volcanic activity began here about two million years ago. Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe are two of the most active composite volcanoes in the world, with the most recent eruptions in August and November 2012 from Mount Tongariro.
The rugged mountainous landscape that runs down through the native bush, rivers, streams and into the pastoral flats, lends itself to a multitude of adventurous activities and beautiful conservation projects. You can learn about the conservation efforts in the park through Project Tongariro