Tongariro National Park attractions and activities

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National Park Villages, Whakapapa Ski & Snowboard Area

Whakapapa Ski & Snowboard Area


Whakapapa is situated on the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu, offering a fantastic variety of terrain, premier learner’s facility and breathtaking views from the highest café in New Zealand, the Knoll Ridge Café.

National Park Villages, Turoa Ski & Snowboard Area

Turoa Ski & Snowboard Area


Turoa Ski Area is situated on the south-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu, offering a massive 722m of vertical descent from the top of Australasia’s highest chairlift – the Highnoon Express.

National Park Villages, NZ's Highest Stand Up Paddle Board Adventure

NZ's Highest Stand Up Paddle Board Adventure


Try NZ's highest stand up paddle board adventure at 616 metres above sea level and with stunning views of Tongario National Park.

National Park Villages, Kayaking, Canoeing & Rafting

Kayaking, Canoeing & Rafting


Spanning two wilderness National Parks through Tongariro and Whanganui, the Ruapehu region presents a veritable smorgasbord of river ways for premium kayaking, canoeing and rafting.

National Park Villages, Fishing

Fishing


The Ruapehu region's alpine waterways boast world-class wilderness fishing, with secluded locations and trophy potential luring even the most seasoned fishermen.

National Park Villages, Fishers Track

Fishers Track


Fishers Track is a mostly downhill track with stunning views over Tongariro National Park.

National Park Villages, Ohakune Old Coach Road

Ohakune Old Coach Road


Originally used by horse-drawn coach as a connecting route between the two rail heads of the unfinished North Island trunk line, the Ohakune Old Coach Road is steeped in history.

National Park Villages, 42 Traverse

42 Traverse


With a reputation as one of New Zealand's best adventure rides, the 46 kilometre 42 Traverse is a must do for experienced riders.

National Park Villages, Marton Sash & Door

Marton Sash & Door


Travel back in time alongside the main trunk line.

National Park Villages, Bridge To Nowhere

Bridge To Nowhere


Adventure across farmland and native bush to uncover the story of the impressive Bridge to Nowhere.

National Park Villages, Mountains To Sea Cycle Trail

Mountains To Sea Cycle Trail


From the flanks of Mount Ruapehu to the coastal shores of Whanganui, the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail is a route encompassing majestic mountains, stunning native forest, and the spiritual, cultural and historical highlights of the Whanganui River.

National Park Villages, The Timber Trail

The Timber Trail


A former sawmilling stronghold with a rich historic, cultural and natural heritage, the Pureora Forest Park is intersected by the famous Timber Trail cycleway.

National Park Villages, Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro Alpine Crossing


Time: 5 - 8 hr. Distance: 19.4 km.

National Park Villages, Tongariro Northern Circuit

Tongariro Northern Circuit


Time: 3 - 4 Days. Distance: 43.1 km loop.

National Park Villages, Round The Mountain Track

Round The Mountain Track


Time: 4 - 6 Days. Distance: 66.2 km loop.

National Park Villages, Lake Rotopounamu

Lake Rotopounamu


Time: 2 hr. Distance: 5 km.

National Park Villages, Mounds Walk

Mounds Walk


Time: 20 min return. Begins 5 km below Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre on SH 48.

National Park Villages, Mount Ruapehu Crater Climb

Mount Ruapehu Crater Climb


Time: 7 hr return. Distance: 10 km.

National Park Villages, Ohinetonga Track

Ohinetonga Track


Time: 2 hr. Distance: 4 km.

National Park Villages, Ridge Track

Ridge Track


Time: 30 - 40 min return. Distance: 1.2 km return.

National Park Villages, Silica Rapids

Silica Rapids


Time: 2.5 hr return. Distance: 7 km return via Bruce Road. Begins 250 metres above Whakapapa Visitor Centre.

National Park Villages, Tama Lakes

Tama Lakes


Time: 5 - 6 hr return. Distance: 17 km return. Begin 100 metres below Whakapapa Visitor Centre at Ngauruhoe Place - an extension of the Taranaki Falls Walk.

National Park Villages, Taranaki Falls

Taranaki Falls


Time: 2 hr return. Distance: 6 km loop.

National Park Villages, Tawhai Falls

Tawhai Falls


Time: 20 min return. Begins 4 km below Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre on SH 48.

National Park Villages, Tupapakurua Falls

Tupapakurua Falls


Time: 4 - 5 hr return Distance: 11 km

National Park Villages, Whakapapa Nature Walk

Whakapapa Nature Walk


Time: 15 min loop track. Wheelchair accessible.

National Park Villages, Whakapapanui

Whakapapanui


Time: 2 hr return. Distance: 6 km return via same track or via the SH48 road.

National Park Villages, Whakapapaiti Valley

Whakapapaiti Valley


Time: 4 - 5 hr return, distance: 16 km