Explore Mt. Ruapehu & Tongariro National Park

Explore Mt. Ruapehu & Tongariro National Park

Written by mighway

If you are planning your next visit to New Zealand, there are two sites you can’t miss out on while you’re here, and these are Mt. Ruapehu and the Tongariro National Park. Our intrepid host, Tim had an incredible time here, keep reading to find out more on this sensational place.

Mt Ruapehu

First, Mt. Ruapehu is one of New Zealand’s premier alpine location. It provides an abundance of historical and natural attractions for the whole family to enjoy, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ski on an active volcano. Spend the day at the Whakapapa Ski Field, learn how to snowboard or ski and have an epic time!

Mt. Ruapehu can be found towering over the valleys and deserts in the middle of New Zealand’s North Island, and can be enjoyed all year round by skiers, snowboarders, hikers, botanists, geologists, nature lovers, and of course the regular New Zealand tourist. Mt. Ruapehu is known and loved for being a breathtakingly beautiful and active volcano, with unimpeded and awe-inspiring views reaching out all the way to the northern New Zealand coastline. It’s remarkable alpine terrain is capped by a stunning crater lake that is warmed by volcanic activity steaming at the mountain’s summit. For safety purposes, please keep in mind that since it is an active volcano, there will always be an (albeit minimal) risk of eruptions and other potentially harmful volcanic activity, and to avoid the Mt. Ruapehu Summit Hazard Zone.

Tongariro National Park

Second, Tongariro National Park is a National Park World Heritage Site and a must-see on your next trip to New Zealand. With its rugged and diverse landscape, volcanic peaks, and lush valleys teeming with native bushes and rivers, it’s no wonder why Tongariro National Park is a popular destination for all those seeking to find some of the most beautiful and quintessential New Zealand scenery.

Tongariro National Park can be found in the middle of New Zealand’s North Island, just south of Lake Taupo. It covers over 80,000 hectares of land, making it easily accessible from a variety of nearby towns and cities. Getting to Tongariro National Park from any of these neighbouring towns or cities is very easy. You can begin your journey at the Park’s starting point at the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, or at the Whakapapa skiing area at Mt. Ruapehu. Both of these starting points are just between 20 to 35 minutes away from the National Park Village, 45 minutes to an hour from the towns of Ohakune, Turangi, and Taumarunui, and an hour and a half from the town of Lake Taupo.

Enjoy this short clip where Tim shows you a bit of what this amazing place has to offer, follow this link:

Make your way to Mt Ruapehu and Tongariro, from Auckland:

This will be a great holiday for anyone, even the kids! We also have a blog up on all the best eateries in the region to make the most of your stay. Start planning your next trip to this amazing natural wonder with Mighway for an unforgettable adventure!