Conservation website guide to NZ's first National Park including its extraordinary volcanic features & Maori Cultural significance.
Ruapehu & Tongariro National Park Attractions
The Tongariro National Park is host to a large area of past and present volcanic activity. Standing at 2800m (8500ft), Mount Ruapehu is the tallest and most imposing volcano - still active today. The region offers some great walks including the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing track. This 8-hour hike spans the length of Mount Tongariro and passes over varied and moon-like volcanic terrain. Cold mountain springs, lava flows, an active crater, steam vents, emerald-coloured lakes and superb views make the track a memorable experience. Other attractions include skiing on Mt Ruapehu (Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas), mountain biking and white water rafting.