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.

Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park

Conservation website guide to NZ's first National Park including its extraordinary volcanic features & Maori Cultural significance.

Walking Places

Walking Places

Offers guided walks on tracks in the North Island's volcanic plateau. Walks range from a few hours through to full day hikes & multi-day packages.

Mount Ruapehu Skiing

Mount Ruapehu Skiing

Offers information about activities and accommodation on Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields, both of which are located on the side of Mt Ruapehu.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Department of Conservation website guide to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Includes information on the many walks and tracks in the area.

Rapid Sensations

Rapid Sensations

Offers a variety of exhilarating white water rafting and unforgettable kayaking experiences in the Tongariro National Park area.

Ruapehu Tourism

Ruapehu Tourism Guide

The official travel guide to visiting the Ruapehu district including information on the main destinations, attractions and accommodation.