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The Tongariro National Park

The Tongariro National Park has a dual World Heritage Status in recognition of its outstanding natural features also the cultural spiritual values to Maori.  The National Park was established in 1887,  it was the first National Park in New Zealand and the fourth in the World. 

The peaks of the National Park, Tongariro (1978 Meters), Ngauruhoe (2291 meters)  and Ruapehu (2797 meters) were until recently regarded by the local Maoris, as strictly tapu (sacred, forbidden).  Ngati Tuwharetoa paramount chief, Te Heuheu Tukino IV gifted the 2630 hectares to the people of New Zealand,  this gift ultimately means the area is now secure, meaning everyone can enjoy these wonderful mountains.

The most popular walk in the Park is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing you hike across the main craters of Mt Tongariro.  Other Hikes in the park include the Tongariro Northern circuit one of the nine great walks inNew Zealand and the 3-6 day Round the Mountain walk (Ruapehu). For those less energetic there are plenty of short walks 20 minutes to two hours throughout the park.

Mt Ruapehu has the two popular ski fields Turoa, as Australiasia's longest drop and Whakapapa is New Zealand’s Largest Ski field.

What’s New?

  • About Tongariro Track Transport About Tongariro Track Transport

    Tongariro Track Transport

     Tongariro Track Transport is owned and operated by Ron and Lorraine Sivell of Adventure National Park Limited.  They started the Tongariro shuttle service to ensure their customers did not miss the scheduled pick up times.  This was a problem 10 years ago as the end of the track is in a remote area, people who missed the scheduled timetable had a problem getting back to their accommodation at the end of the day. 

    The Service is much improved today with the increase number of people on the Tongariro Crosing and the use of cell phones. 

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  • Tongariro named in the top 10 world parks Tongariro named in the top 10 world parks

    Tongariro named one of world's top parks

    By Andrea Warmington  6:22 PM Monday Sep 12, 2011 New Zeland Herald

    Lonely Planet describes New Zealand's oldest park Tongariro as "a serene realm of geological anomalies".  Lonely Planet has named Tongariro National Park as one of the world's best parks and preserves in a list that includes the Grand Canyon and Iguazu Falls National Park in South America.

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  • Project Tongariro launches interactive smartphone Project Tongariro launches interactive smartphone

    Project Tongariro in the central North Island has launched New Zealand’s first interactive smartphone application for a National Park – just in time for the busy summer walking season.  Called the Pocket Ranger, the free to download app is designed to offer an interactive and multi-media experience that provides interpretation, maps and images of the unique natural fepocket rangeratures of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing while at the same time conveying important safety messages.

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  • What a great day on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing What a great day on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    We have had some wonderful weather in Tongariro National Park over the last two weeks and our winter guides have been busy.


    If you have done the crossing in summer, all these customer recommend you come in winter as you have spectacular views with the mountains in their winter coats!

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  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing Track Repair

     

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing repairThe Tongariro Alpine Crossing track repair work will be started this week.

    A 2.5 km long section of the track was badly damaged and in places made hazardous during the eruption of Te Maari on August 6th.  The aim is to repair the track on either side of the Ketetahi Hut to back- country adventure standard. This will provide trekkers with a defined poled route but it will be rough and muddy in places without a gravel surface over much of it. The Ketetahi Hut will remain closed due to substantial damage from the eruption. However a day shelter and toilets will be available at the site of the damaged hut. Due to substantial damage to the water supply, no drinking water will be available at the Ketetahi Shelter. Trekkers will need to carry enough drinking water for the day.

    Progress to get this work completed will be very weather dependent and snow still covers part of the damaged area but every effort will be made to have the Alpine Crossing walkable by Labour Weekend. Prior to re-opening of the track to the public, Ngāti Tuwharetoa through local hapu Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro, will lift the Rāhui off this section with an appropriate blessing ceremony. New signage will also be installed updating track information.

    GNS (Geological and Nuclear Sciences) have been carrying out extensive monitoring of the eruption site, including gas sampling, to ensure a robust risk assessment is undertaken to aid decision making. Gas levels continue to reduce and earthquake activity has been at a very low level since the August eruption.

    Ngāti Hikairo will continue to provide a cultural and safety information presence at the Mangatepopo carpark, the gateway to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

  • Tongariro Mountain Magic Tongariro Mountain Magic

    Tongariro: Mountain magic

    By Fraser Crichton  5:30 AM Saturday Jul 21, 2012 NZ Herald

    A moonlit weekend gives Fraser Crichton an opportunity to find out more about Project Tongariro's high-tech Tongariro Alpine Crossing experience.

    Hiking with Project Tongariro's high-tech Tongariro Alpine Crossing experience where volunteers have installed QR codes for signage and wayfinding at high altitudes. Photo / Fraser Crichton

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