Tongariro National Park has sights and activities to suit every interest, age and ability.
A series of short nature trails around Tongariro’s lower slopes take in the various habitats home to fascinating and diverse native flora and fauna and are a great way to get to know the park’s special places and stories. Home to the national park visitor centre, Whakapapa Village is a good place to start exploring.
Dramatic waterfalls are a Tongariro National Park speciality. See them on a number of spectacular short walks including Taranaki Falls, Waitonga Falls, Silica Rapids and Tawhai Falls.
Get up close to Mt Ruapehu when it is blanketed in glorious snow. Enjoy excellent skiing and boarding at Mt Ruapehu's ski areas – Whakapapa, Tūroa and Tukino. For non-skiers, there is tobogganing and tubing or just drive up to see the spectacular view.
New Zealand’s highest café
A scenic ride on the gondola at Whakapapa reaches New Zealand’s highest café, Knoll Ridge, where you can enjoy super-scenic dining in summer as well as winter.
Lord of the Rings film sites
Tongariro National Park’s awe-inspiring scenery earned it starring roles in Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings trilogy, with Mt Ngauruhoe taking centre stage.