Destination: National Park
National Park Village borders the World Heritage Tongariro National Park to the east and the Whanganui National Park, to the west. Located near the base of Mt Ruapehu on the volcanic plateau, the village is a great base to explore this natural playground with stunning views of the dominating landscape and dramatic volcanic mountains Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe.
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Whanganui National Park
The Whananui National Park is based around the Whanganui River, New Zealand's longest navigable river, which starts at Mt Tongariro and runs 329km to the Tasman Sea. Canoeing down the river from Taumanrunui to Pipiriki takes you through wild rapids and majestic river gorges, with moss, ferns and 'goblin' forest clinging onto sheer walls laced with waterfalls. The river is rich with tradition, legend and mystery.
In the summer you will find every thing you need to get out and enjoy the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks including hiking, biking and kayaking. In the winter National Park Village is the ideal base to ski Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields on Mt Ruapehu.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track
Passing over spectacular and variable volcanic terrain, the alpine crossing is part of the Tongariro National Park Duel World Heritage Area. In the presence of active volcanoes you can experience a cold mountain spring, glacial valley, lava flows, an active crater, steam vents, emerald-coloured lakes and magnificent views in an alpine setting. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing covers 19.4 kilometres of undulating terrain and is a challenging 6-8 hour trek.
Things to do..
Tongariro Alpine Crossing Walk • Canoe Whanganui River • Skiing • Hiking • Biking • Rock Climbing Wall