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Tongariro National Park

Made a World Heritage Site in 1993, Tongariro earned its status for a combination of both cultural and natural features. The oldest national park in New Zealand – and the fourth national park established in the world -- it’s set at the end of a 1,550-mile string of North Island volcanoes considered sacred to the Maori people as a connection point between the Earth and sky.

Extending northeast through much of the landlocked Ruapehu District, the string’s northern group of vents, cones, domes and craters have been dormant for approximately 20,000 years, but a more southern group is active to this day. This latter group includes three major peaks -- the Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro -- the latter of which includes recent explosion pits, lava flows and lakes.

On the northern and southwestern sides of Mount Ruapehu, respectively, lie Whakapapa and Turoa, the two largest ski resorts in the country; both are operated by a company called Ruapehu Alpine Lifts. Also within the park, the Pihanga Scenic Reserve includes Lake Rotopounamu, Mount Pihanga and the Kakaramea-Tihia Massif. This reserve area is especially sacred to the Maori, who celebrate the love between Pihanga, a powerful female mountain, and the equally strong male mountain-- Tongariro.

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Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride, Helicopter Flight, Scenic Cruise and Whitewater Rafting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Take this action-packed challenge in Taupo that will have you experiencing the best of the North Island’s great outdoors from the water and sky! A choice of ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $143.15

Full-Day Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Described as one of the best day hikes, this tour will provide you with the opportunity to experience some of the most scenic and active volcanic areas of the ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $20.55

Private Tour: 8-Day North Island Tour from Auckland Including Rotorua and Wellington

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Venture from Auckland to the North Island on this private 8-day tour that takes you by private, luxury vehicle to Coromandel, Whitianga, Rotorua, Tongariro ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $2,533.49

6-Day North Island Adventure Tour - Auckland to Wellington Return

This 6 day small group adventure tour is guaranteed to take you further off the beaten track around the wonders of New Zealand's North Island. Departing from ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $729.43

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Tongariro National Park

Have fun on New Zealand's highest guided alpine stand up paddle board adventure. This 2.5 hour small group tour is located in New Zealand's dual World Heritage ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.25

Tongariro National Park Self-Guided Mountain Bike Tour from Ohakune

Step back in time and explore some of New Zealand’s oldest railway history by bike, while cycling through the stunning Tongariro National Park. This is ...  Read more

Location: Ohakune, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.25

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