Tongariro National Park attractions and activities

Walking & Hiking

From short family-friendly walks to more challenging day walks such as the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing.


From short family-friendly walks to more challenging day walks such as the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, through to multi day classic journeys like the Round the Mountain track or Tongariro Northern Circuit, there is a piece of nature with your name on it here in the Ruapehu region.

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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