Tongariro National Park Overview

The Tongariro holds the designation of being New Zealand’s first national park and has dual UNESCO world heritage status. This national park is spread over an area of 80,000 hectares and is dotted by volcanic wonders including old lava flows, steaming craters, emerald lakes and alpine gardens. The ancient forests that run parallel to the Whanganui river are worth exploring as well.

The oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tongariro National Park is amongst the most cherished New Zealand attractions. Home to three active volcanoes, including Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro, the park attracts visitors from across the world for its marvellous landscapes, natural wonders, and a range of thrilling activities.

The area features immaculate forests, verdant meadows, dry plateaus, natural hot springs, turquoise blue lakes and much more. Each one of these is unique and presents distinct sceneries to behold.

The region is also known for Tongariro Alpine Crossing that is a challenging walk covering a stream, the edges of old lava flows, and luxurious vistas of Lake Taupō and Mt Taranaki. Other than these, there are a number of waterfalls, like Taranaki Falls, Waitonga Falls, and Tawhai Falls that add more beauty to this dramatic scenery.


• Take the ultra-scenic Alpine crossing as this walkway involves stunning volcanic scenery and fine views of Mt Taranaki and Lake Taupo.
• Although there are many activities that one can experience inside the Tongariro National park, the Alpine crossing is the most famous.
• Witness the night sky getting lit up with millions of stars by being a part of an overnight expedition.
• Marvel at the glorious waterfalls which are one of the best features of Tongariro National park like Waitonga falls, Taranaki falls, Tawhai falls and Silica rapids.

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