Activities in Tongariro National Park

Tracks and walks

The most famous walks in the park are the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of the best day hikes in New Zealand, if not the world; and the Tongariro Northern Circuit, one of the nine Great Walks, of which the Crossing is a part. 

There are a wide range of walks to see many beautiful natural features. From an easy 20 minutes to 2 hours to see waterfalls and views of the volcanoes, to a more challenging whole day or several days with overnight stays, for a deeper experience of the park's spectacular landscapes. There is a network of eight serviced backcountry huts with campsites.

There are two wheelchair accessible tracks: the Rimu Track nature walk at Ohakune and the Whakapapa nature walk at Whakapapa Village.

Walks in and around Tongariro National Park brochure (PDF, 2,494K)

Snow activities

Mount Ruapehu is the spectacular location of New Zealand's two largest ski fields, Whakapapa and Turoa. Visit the Ruapehu Alpine Lifts website.

Each ski field is approximately 550 ha in size, and include a wide range of terrain types suitable for beginner to advance skiers and snowboarders. There is also a smaller ski field on the eastern side of the mountain called Tukino. Visit the Tukino website.

Mountaineering and climbing

There are a range of fantastic mountaineering and climbing opportunities in the park in all seasons. Winter climbing to the mountain summits is suitable for experienced hikers and climbers only. There are also many rock-climbing opportunities in the summer season.

Mountain biking

Ohakune Old Coach Road is a grade 2 trail suitable for all the family. It is part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail project.

Other mountain biking tracks are in the nearby Kaimanawa Forest Park and Tongariro Forest Conservation Area.


There is some excellent hunting opportunities in and around the park, primarily for red deer but also including sika deer and pigs. See Hunting in the Turangi/Taupo area.

Other activities


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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 7 892 3729
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
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