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National Park is a small town on the North Island Central Plateau in New Zealand. Also known as National Park Village, it is the highest urban township in New Zealand, at 825 metres. Its name derives from its location just outside the boundary of Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's first national park, and its only national park from its creation in 1887 until 1900. The village has great views of Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy), and Mount Ruapehu. The town is sited next to the North Island Main Trunk railway line and close to the junction of State Highways 4 and 47, halfway between Raetihi and Taumarunui and 45 kilometres southwest of the southern shore of Lake Taupo. It is 20 minutes drive to the country's biggest skifields, Whakapapa and 50 minutes drive to Turoa on the slopes of the active volcano, Mount Ruapehu. To the west is Whanganui National Park. The town is administered by the Ruapehu District Council. One councillor is elected for the National Park Ward, and there is a National Park Community Board. On a national level, National Park is part of the Rangitīkei general electorate and the Te Tai Hauāuru Māori electorate. Tourism is its main industry, with 1,500 visitor beds in commercial accommodation and private chalets. In the summer the village is a popular base for Tongariro and Whanganui National Park for hiking, biking and kayaking. National Park Village. Transport leaves daily (weather permitting) for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, known as the best one day alpine trek in New Zealand. KiwiRail's Northern Explorer train stops at the National Park Railway Station on its journey between Auckland and Wellington. There is a licensed cafe on the platform. To the northwest of the town the railway performs the convoluted dance that is the Raurimu Spiral, one of New Zealand's most impressive feats of engineering. Originally the town was known as Waimarino (calm waters). In 1926 the New Zealand Railways renamed the railway station as National Park. This was to avoid confusion with other Waimarino entities, and also the name had come into common usage from its location close to Tongariro National Park. The opening of the Main Trunk line in 1908 created a vast opportunity to log and mill the large trees in the native forests, with 30 saw mills and associated bush tramways established in the National Park area alone. With the arrival of caterpillar tractors in the 1930s the extraction process was accelerated with National Park station having one of the greatest throughputs of timber in New Zealand. Today Tongariro Timber is the last surviving mill operating at National Park. In the 1960s National Park became the railhead for all the heavy equipment and machinery for the Tongariro Power Scheme Development with local pumice roads substantially upgraded to take the heavy traffic. National Park School was established in 1925. Its fortunes have fluctuated with the cycles of activity in the area. Today it is thriving with a more stable population and the establishment of its Ski Elite programme whereby pupils take can up residence in the village for the winter combining studies with skiing and snowboarding development programmes.

Places to Visit near National Park, New Zealand


Lake Taupo

Whether you’re after some cliff diving or just want a nice place to paddle around in Taupo pools, there is plenty on offer. If you’re visiting in winter at least dip your toe, or take advantage of the natural Taupo attractions such as warm thermal waters dotted around the lake.

The lakefront in town is easily accessible, just jump in wherever you like. In summer the lakefront is packed with both locals and tourists so take a book, pull up a towel and spend the day. Don’t forget the sunblock!

Head out a bit further afield to Kinloch for a different thing to do in Taupo, a 15-minute drive east of Taupo. The water out there is beautifully clear and the pontoon is great for the kids (and big kids!) to practice dive bombs. If you walk left along the beach you’ll find Kinloch’s famous jumping rocks, just look for the local kids splashing around.

Whakaipo Bay is a little more secluded, perfect if you are looking for some time alone or a romantic picnic.

For another Taupo activity take the plunge into the fresh blue water of Bulli Point, located on State Highway 1 towards Turangi. There are three ledges to jump from, the highest being seven metres. This is a very busy road so make sure to park safely. There is a gravel car park just south of Bulli Point.

Crafty Trout Brewing Company

Crafty Trout Brewing Co. uses Lake Taupo's mineral waters formed through volcanic fire and glacial ice along with New Zealand's finest malts, hops and yeast.

BIER KAFE Experience our own 7 crafted beer/cider available while soaking up the ambience of the Austrian Alpine themed bar/cafe. The menu is beer infused and beer matched!

BREWERY One hour tours operate daily: the World's First Fully Automated Smartbrew System informative, entertaining and interactive with our Brewmaster.

FOR GROUPS & CONFERENCES A mobile unit available to serve our beer and cider at your venue! Our Brewmaster can give a beer matching presentation. Customised beer/cider for nyour event, unique to your brand, from 100 to 800 plus litres - bottled or kegged. A great all weather activity with a capacity for 100 onsite. Free Fibre WiFi and full AV capabilities inhouse.

TROUT GIFTWARE SHOPPE/LIQUOR OUTLET Taupo's only Trout related gift shop is a must browse. Our bottled beer and cider packs are available too.

Otumuheke Stream

Have a gentle massage under the waterfall or soak in the shallow pools. This free hot spot is popular with both locals and visitors. The level and temperature of the springs vary depending on the rainfall, season and the level of the river. There are no changing rooms near the stream. Bring your own towel and please take any rubbish away with you.

Love Taupo Lettering

With the perfect back drop of Lake Taupo and the mountains of the Tongariro National Park, it has quickly become one of the most photographed locations in the Great Lake Taupo region. Visitors and locals alike, love to take photographs in, around and on the letters.

Campgrounds and Parks near National Park, New Zealand


Turangi Holiday Park

The friendly place to stay.

Turangi Holiday Park is an ideal park for families, large and small groups, trampers, fishermen, skiers and adventurers or just unwind here in our beautiful and quiet surroundings, there is plenty of space and privacy.

Nothing comes close to the sheer natural beauty of the Lake Taupo region. Located in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand the lake is only a small part of the Central Plateau. This plateau also contains three large mountains boasting three unique skifields.

The trout fishing is considered some of the best in the world. Just two kilometres from our Holiday Park is the well known Tongariro river, where many very large brown and rainbow trout have been outwitted.

Turangi is the gateway to the Tongariro National Park, the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the Kaimanawa Ranges – We make a great base for the Tongariro Alpine crossing – transport is available right from our front door.

Turangi is the place to be all year round, skiing in the winter, boating and swimming in the summer, and of course fishing all year round.

Large groups are not a problem, and we are an ideal school camp for anytime of the year.

We have space for everyone…………..

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Lake Taupo Holiday Resort

Near Taupo Bungy

Lake Taupo Resort has great accommodation whether you are taking a family holiday, attending a school/sporting event, are here for business or a special occasion. We boast modern facilities, a new pool with swim-up bar and cafe plus an extensive range of games and activities to keep the entire family entertained. We have clean, tidy and affordable units for families, couples or adventurers and large tent and caravan sites available.

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