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Tongariro National Park

Situated in the middle of the North Island, just south of Lake Taupō, and covering almost 80,000 hectares, the Tongariro National Park UNESCO World Heritage site presents awe-inspiring landscapes and diverse terrain easily accessible from a variety of neighbouring towns.

Easy to access

Getting to the park is easy, with good quality roads surrounded by 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 Ohakune, Turangi or Taumarunui and between 1hr20 and 1hr35 from Lake Taupō 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 Our Greater Outdoors.

The Tongariro National Park is most famous for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the large ski fields of Whakapapa and Tūroa located at Mount Ruapehu. There is a plethora of other activities in and around the park available all year round.

Hike, bike or walk this way

Wherever you base yourself in or around the Tongariro National Park stunning walks, hikes and bike rides for every age and ability are easy to access, perfect for day trips or multi-day adventures.

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