Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park

Read about Tonys weekend at Tongariro. Tongariro National Park is located in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand. In the ‘Central Plateau’ the underlying rocks and soils are of volcanic origin; so it is sometimes known as the “Volcanic Plateau” or the greater region can also be known as the ‘Ring of Fire’. Tongariro was the first national park and World Heritage area in New Zealand, so has plenty of cultural and geological history that can be enjoyed and explored by visitors each year. There is a lot to see and do, from skiing and snowboarding in the winter in Ohakune to Mountain biking and hiking in the Summer months. Hunting, climbing, mountaineering, fishing are further examples of whats on offer in this underrated location – The Tongariro region doesn’t have the same tourist pull of some of New Zealands better known locations but is well worth a visit. Short hikes and long hikes are both available in the Tongariro area including the famous great walk “The Tongariro Crossing”. This is often considered one of the best one day walks in the world. Mt. Ruapehu in the Tongariro region is an active volcano, however there is generally 50 years between eruptions. As eruptions are very rare, the winter months provide great skiing conditions for visitors between July and September.

The average temperature in Tongariro National Park is 13c, with a high of 25c in the summer months and a low of -10c during winter. Generally in winter the mountains are covered in snow or at least above the 1500m level and during summer only the glaciated parts on Mt Ruapehu have ice, although it can snow at anytime of the year.

In 1993 The Tongariro National Park was listed as a World Heritage Area by the United Nations World Heritage Convention. In the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy the location of Mordor was filmed in the Tongariro National Park. Orodruin in partuclar is represented by the two most significant volcanoes in Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu.

Scenic Highlights:

Tongariro Crossing
Winding its way over Mt Tongariro and around Mt Ngauruhoe is the Tongariro Northern Circuit, one of the Great Walks of New Zealand, add this to your itinerary today.

Mt. Ruapehu
Mt. Ruapehu is a great base from which many activities can be done, from skiing and snowboarding in the winter, hiking and mountain biking in the warmer months, there is something for everyone.

Ski Fields at Mt. Ruapehu:
Whakapapa is on the northern side of Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand's Tongariro National Park in the North Island, it is one of Ruapehu’s two commercial ski fields. Whakapapa is New Zealand’s biggest ski field with 43 runs ranging from beginner to off piste expert. Located on Ruapehu’s south west side, Turoa is the only other commercial ski field on Mt. Ruapehu. Turoa has the largest vertical drop of any ski resort in Australasia, the high altitude and south west facing slopes means plenty of dry snow from July until September


- Enjoy hiking the famous Tongariro Crossing
- In the winter visit Turoa or Whakapapa ski fields for some fantastic skiing and snowboarding
- Mountain biking is available in the warmer months
- Mountaineering and climbing is available for the experienced
- Get the catch of the day fly fishing on Tongariro River
- Immerse yourself in adventure with a canoe trip on the Whanganui River
- If visiting in July, why not take a look at the annual Carrot Festival in Ohakune
- Take a day trip to Taupo
- River raft down the Tongariro River
- Head to the indoor climbing wall in the National Park Village for a challenge
- Indulge in a scenic heli flight over the Central Plateau
- Enjoy a guided trek within the Tongariro National Park
- See the sights where Lord of the Rings was filmed
- Experience the thrill of jet boating on the Whanganui river
- Guided fly fishing for Rainbow and Brown Trout
- Take part in a guided tour of a working sheep farm