Established in 1887, Tongariro was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. It is also a dual World Heritage area, a status which recognises the park’s important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.
It is a place of extremes and surprises, a place to explore and remember. From herb fields to forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes – Tongariro has them all. This is the home of the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and one of New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks – the Tongariro Northern Circuit.
The world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing track is an awesome one day adventure, taking you across spectacular and unique volcanic terrain.
You can see a cold mountain spring, old lava flows, active craters and thermal steam vents, not to mention the brilliant emerald and blue lakes – and beautiful native forest to finish.
See the special alpine flora and fauna of the Tongariro National Park, and magnificent views to mountains and lakes of the central North Island. The Crossing is a day-hike section of the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk.