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Tongariro National Park

Explore New Zealand’s phenomenal volcanic landscape and trek across one of the best known hiking trails in the country.

Enjoy outdoor adventures and superlative scenery when you explore Tongariro National Park. Go hiking, mountain biking, skiing and whitewater rafting in a wilderness that encompasses waterfalls, lakes, rivers and three active volcanoes.

The three volcanoes in Tongariro National Park were gifted to the country in 1887 by Te Heuheu, Chief of the Ngati Tuwharetoa Maori tribe. New Zealand’s oldest national park is also a dual World Heritage area for its importance to Maori culture and the magnificent volcanic features.

There are many hiking and mountain bike trails throughout the park, from gentle outings to more challenging routes. Take one of the volcanic walks on Mount Ruapehu, which was used as a filming location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Trek through the countryside and stay overnight in a serviced backcountry hut or in a village lodge. A popular route is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This 1-day hike encompasses barren mountains with volcanic craters, lava flows and emerald-green lakes.

Take part in some activities on the water. Kayak along the Whakapapa River through Tongariro Forest. There is also a 3-day canoe trip along the waterway. Go whitewater rafting in the Whanganui River. When the snow comes in the winter, head for the slopes of the Whakapapa Ski Area on Mount Ruapehu. Here you can ski, snowboard and go tobogganing.

Away from the outstanding scenery, Tongariro National Park also has some cultural sites that are well worth exploring. Stop by the 1923 glacier hut, which today houses a skiing museum. See Kaikawaka Villa, a bushman's hut from the 1930s and visit the Tongariro Chateau, a Georgian mansion.

Tongariro National Park is in the central part of North Island, about a 4- to 5-hour drive from Auckland or Wellington. It is also accessible by railway from both these places. Trains stop at the National Park Village which borders the expansive wilderness. It is open throughout the year and there is no entry fee.


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Adventure Lodge & Motel $66
Adventure Lodge & Motel

Adventure Lodge & Motel

21 Carroll Street, National Park Village
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 116 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Located near the slopes, this National Park Village bed & breakfast is in the mountains and within 16 mi (25 km) of Tongariro National Park Whakapapa Visitor Centre, Whakapapa Ski Area, and Iwikau Village. Mangatepopo Trail Head is 12.2 mi (19.6 km) away.

    The Park Hotel Ruapehu $67
    The Park Hotel Ruapehu

    The Park Hotel Ruapehu

    6 Millar Street, National Park Village
       
      3.8
      of 5, from 376 reviews
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this National Park Village hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Tongariro National Park Whakapapa Visitor Centre, Whakapapa Ski Area, and Iwikau Village. Mangatepopo Trail Head is 12 mi (19.3 km) away.

      Pipers Lodge $44
      Pipers Lodge

      Pipers Lodge

      18 Millar Street, National Park, National Park Village
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 5 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in National Park Village, this lodge is in the same region as Tongariro National Park Whakapapa Visitor Centre, Taranaki Falls, and Whakapapa Ski Area. Regional attractions also include Iwikau Village and Mangatepopo Trail Head.

        Chateau Tongariro Hotel $102
        Chateau Tongariro Hotel

        Chateau Tongariro Hotel

        State Highway 48, Tongariro National Park
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 765 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Tongariro National Park, this golf hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Tongariro National Park Whakapapa Visitor Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Whakapapa Ski Area and Iwikau Village. Mount Ruapehu and Mangatepopo Trail Head are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          The Peaks Motor Inn $99
          The Peaks Motor Inn

          The Peaks Motor Inn

          128 Mangawhero Terrace, Ohakune
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 37 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located near the slopes, this Ohakune motel is in the city center, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Ohakune Old Coach Road, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Turoa Ski Area and Raetihi Show Ground. Ratana Church is 7.3 mi (11.8 km) away.

            Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge
            Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge

            Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge

            4-6 Foyle Street, Ohakune
               
              4.0
              of 5, from 168 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located near the slopes, this Ohakune hotel is in the mountains, within 12 mi (20 km) of Ohakune Old Coach Road and Turoa Ski Area, and close to winter sports such as skiing lessons and sledding.

              Plateau Lodge $39
              Plateau Lodge

              Plateau Lodge

              17 Carroll Street, National Park Village
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 159 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located near the slopes, this National Park Village motel is in a national park, within 25 mi (40 km) of Whakapapa Ski Area and Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons.

                The Hobbit Motorlodge $40
                The Hobbit Motorlodge

                The Hobbit Motorlodge

                80 Goldfinch Street, Ohakune
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 108 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Ohakune, this hostel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Ohakune Old Coach Road and within 9 mi (15 km) of Ratana Church and Raetihi Show Ground. Turoa Ski Area is 11 mi (17.7 km) away.

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