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Tongariro National Park

Made a UNESCO 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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Full-Day Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike, Taupo, null

Full-Day Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 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 $22.15
Tongariro Self-Guided Audio Tour, North Island, Hiking & Camping

Tongariro Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download a vibrantly-narrated mp3 audio guide combined with a map detailing the area of your tour. Experience a hiker’s self-guided audio tour of the ...  Read more

Location: Tongariro, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $19.99
Tandem Skydive in Taupo (12,000 ft), Taupo, Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Tandem Skydive in Taupo (12,000 ft)

Experience jumping out of a plane at 12,000 feet on this small group experience in Taupo. Being an owner operated company; the focus is on making your tandem ...  Read more

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

From USD $183.86

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