Summer and winter, National Park looks after travellers who want to explore the amazing landscapes of the Tongariro World Heritage Park.
The almost-alpine village of National Park is situated between the Tongariro World Heritage Park and the Whanganui National Park, 809 metres above sea level. The village has amazing views of the mountains and the Hauhangatahi wilderness, and is a base for outdoor adventures.
In winter, Mount Ruapehu’s snow fields are buzzing with skiers and snowboarders. Shuttles leave for both of the ski areas, along with the 42 Traverse mountain bike trail and the Tongariro Crossing from here. There is also an indoor climbing wall at National Park Backpackers which is a favourite with locals and tourists alike when the weather is dreary.
Hiking, rafting, climbing, mountain biking and kayaking are all go at other times of the year. During summer months, Mount Ruapehu’s chair lifts are still in operation for sightseeing. You can even hike to the rim of the crater lake. National Park offers mostly lodge accommodation and a limited choice of eating places.
Functional facts: Approx. population 240, limited shopping, shuttles to the national park. 22 mins from Whakapapa Ski Area, 45 mins from Turoa Ski Area.