What to do in National Park
Mangatepopo Road, Tongariro National Park
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The iconic Tongariro Alpine Crossing is regarded as the best one-day trek in New Zealand and one of the top 10 single-day treks in the world.
At 19.4 km, the Crossing passes over the volcanic terrain of the multi-cratered active volcano of Mt Tongariro, passing the eastern base of Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom from The Lord of the Rings) before descending to the Emerald and Blue Lakes.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing provides spectacular views over the Central Plateau, Mt Raupehu and the Tongariro National Park - New Zealand’s oldest national park and a World Heritage site with the distinction of dual status, acknowledged for both its natural and cultural significance.
As the nearest village to the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, National Park is the ideal base for this world-famous walk, as well as to explore the other attractions in and around the Tongariro National Park. The town is spoilt for choice for dining options and offers a year-round tranquil rural atmosphere.
Whakapapa Ski Area
The Whakapapa Ski Area on the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu is New Zealand's largest ski area. And in summer enjoy a chairlift ride over the volcanic terrain of Mt Ruapehu to an altitude of 2,020 meters above sea level. Once there you can take in the breathtaking views of the Tongariro National Park; Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe, while having a drink or a bite to eat at New Zealand's highest cafe.
Whakapapa is home to New Zealand's premiere beginners' area, Happy Valley with its own cafe, rental complex and ski school meeting area. The gentle slope is nice and long, giving you plenty of time to get the hang of your new sport.
There are also over 30 groomed trails for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The volcanic terrain at Whakapapa gives a massive variety between trails with the choice of bumps, chutes, drops, bowls or nice wide runs.
For expert skiers and boarders there are 24 black and black diamond runs plus the lift accessed Black Magic backcountry area.
Erua Forest, National Park 3989, New Zealand
Fishers Track is a 27km, grade 2 track with spectacular views over Tongariro National Park and the Retaruke Valley.
This track is mostly downhill with over 600 metres of vertical to enjoy.
Bring your own bikes, hire them or enjoy a guided ride with Kiwi Adventures - 2 Findlay Street, National Park Village. To book call 0800 784 202.
National Park 3989, New Zealand
The Tupapakurua Falls Track is an 11 km walk starting from Fishers Road, National Park Village - allow 4 – 5 hours. To get there, walk about 30 minutes down Fishers Road to the start of the Tupapakurua Falls Track on the left-hand side of road. From there track begins with an easy 20 minute walk to the Taranaki lookout. From this point the track becomes a back country adventure track and is suitable for experienced trampers only. The track follows a ridge and then descends steeply to a stream. There are good stands of tawa, mature rimu, miro and totara to see along the way. Climbing from the stream, the track winds its way around bluffs to a good lookout point with views of the Tupapakurua Falls. Return via the same track.