is a small village on the central plateau of the North Island of New Zealand
and Located 100kms southwest of
Taupo and 150kms northeast from
Wanganui and is the
highest urban township in New Zealand at 825metres.
As the name suggests, it borders the World Heritage Tongariro National Park,
New Zealand's first national park created in 1887. To the West is the
Whanganui National Park. The village has great views of Mt Tongariro, Mt
Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings films) and Mt Ruapehu.
National Park village
services accommodation needs of the Tongariro National Park area and is sited next to the
North Island Main Trunk railway line between Auckland and Wellington 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 one of the three volcancoes located on the North
Island's central volcanic plateau.
Whakapapa village located on the lower
slopes of Mt Ruapehu, is the departure point for regular shuttle bus
services to the Whakapapa skifield. Located 15 minutes by road from National
Park village, Whakapapa village has the famous Bayview Chateau Tongariro and
Skotel resort hotels.
Close to National village Park
is the Okapata Caves and the Traverse 42 - a popular mountain bike trail.
There are many excellent trout fishing spots and 4WD bike trails.
In the summer national Park village is a popular base for Tongariro and Whanganui
National Parks 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.
In winter, National Park is the ski base for
Whakapapa skifield located on
the north western of Mt Ruapehu. Whakapapa skifield is a self service
ski facility meeting FIS criteria for skiing and snowboarding.
Whakapapa skifield is one of two skifields in New Zealand where you can ski
or snowboard outside New Zealand's official ski season.
National Park is served by the
Northern Explorer train
Palmerston North or
Wellington and by various
coach and bus operators providing regular daily services to and from
There is no schedule passenger air services to or from National Park. The
nearest regional airports to National Park are
Whanganui. Nearest international airports
to National Park are located in