A Brief Introduction To New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park
Nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, Tongariro National Park showcases the very best of New Zealand’s extraordinary landscapes and rich culture.
The following are just a few things you can look forward to experiencing in this magnificent part of the world on your Wild Kiwi Tour.
It’s New Zealand’s Oldest National Park
Tongariro National Park formed in 1887. It’s also the first in the world to be gifted by the indigenous people of a country. Around a million people visit every year to enjoy the excellent skiing, hiking and other adventurous activities on offer.
It’s Been Recognised By UNESCO As One Of The World’s 28 Dual World Heritage Sites
Home to several Maori religious sites, Tongariro’s cultural significance is substantial. Each mountain summit is of great importance and symbolises the spiritual link between the community and their environment.
The National Park Is Home To Three Active Volcanoes
Situated on Mt. Tongariro’s northern slopes is the Te Maari craters. They have last erupted twice in 2012. Although, Mt Ngauruhoe typically erupts at least once every nine years, its last eruption was back in 1975.
Hike The Tongariro Alpine Crossing On Your Wild Kiwi Tour
Widely regarded as one of the very best one-day hikes anywhere in the world, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing guides hikers through more than 19 kilometres of stunning terrain, including around the eastern base of Mt Ngauruhoe (aka Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings fame!). You can also explore several other Lord of the Rings filming locations within these spectacular surroundings!
Ready to see the unparalleled beauty of Tongariro National Park for yourself? Book our Northern Voyager route and add this hike to your list!