National Park is located near Tongariro National Park. There are many hiking tracks located in the park including one of the best trails in New Zealand, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Things To Do
1) Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Rated as one of the top tracks (trails) in New Zealand and one of the top hikes in the world. This 19.4 km trail runs through an active volcano region. The weather is often not conducive and can chance quickly. Be prepared with good gear (rain gear, sunscreen, water and snacks), and allow a couple days in your schedule in case the weather does not coorporate. The terrain is diverse but beautiful. Nearly all hotels/campsite have a partnership to provide transportation to/from the crossing.
We used ROAM shuttle service from Whakapapa Village when we completed the crossing. They offer a shuttle in the morning at 7am, 8am, and 9am and offer pick up service at 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm from the end of the trail. However, our accommodation in National Park also offered a shuttle service that departed at 7:30am and 8:30am.
In addition to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, there are lots of additional hiking tracks in Tongariro National Park of varying lengths. See the following PDF , visit the New Zealand Department of Conservation website, or visit the Tongariro National Park website for additional details on available hiking options.
3) Other Options
During the winter months, we are told that skiing in the area is fantastic. Additionally, visit the Tongariro National Park website for additional options on available activities in the area, including mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and skiing.
A slightly more budget friendly option for those needing a non-camping place to sleep. The rooms were basic with en-suite bathrooms.
NOTE: There are a couple of other towns within close proximity to Tongariro National Park. On our first visit to the area we stayed in Whakapapa.