Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park

The Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is located in the centre of the North Island and spans over 80,000 hectares. It offers breathtaking scenery and a variety of topography that is accessible from a number of nearby cities. Accessing the park is simple because to high-quality roads that are surrounded by breathtaking landscape.

The Whakapapa Ski Area at Mount Ruapehu and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing starting point are both 20 to 35 minutes from National Park Village, 45 to 1 hour from Ohakune, Turangi, or Taumarunui, and 1 hour 20 to 1 hour 35 from Lake Taup's settlement, respectively.

Whakapapa Village is conveniently placed among the activity, just 8 minutes from the ski slope, and just 35 minutes by car from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the sizable ski areas at Mount Ruapehu, Whakapapa and Troa, are the most well-known features of the Tongariro National Park. The park offers a wide range of additional activities throughout the year.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a strenuous journey over a breathtaking volcanic landscape and the crown gem of Ruapehu. However, it is unquestionably worthwhile, Please keep in mind that you should use a guide because this is an alpine hike. The climate is unpredictable, and there is always ice and snow.

Due to its stunning alpine scenery and turquoise lakes, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a well-liked hiking route all year long. The 19.4-kilometer hike begins at the Mangatepopo Carpark, off State Highway 47, south of Lake Taup, and can be reached in 20 minutes by car from National Park Village, 35 minutes by car from Whakapapa or Raetihi, and an hour by car from Ohakune, Turangi, or Ohakune.
 

Pureora Forest Park

The 78,000-hectare Pureora Forest reserve is the pinnacle of prehistoric New Zealand and is renowned as one of the best rain forests in the world. Immerse yourself in the chorus of several native bird species as well as the canopy of old trees, including as the rimu, mata, miro, kahikatea, and towering totara.

The Pureora Forest didn't become accessible for logging until 1946, and it still protects the last traces of the vast original podocarp forests that previously covered most of the central North Island. The forest is also the location of several historically significant sites.
 
NZ Cycle Trails' Timber Trail, an epic 85-kilometer multi-day mountain riding trek that follows historic bush tramways, stunning suspension bridges, and unspoilt ancient forest, is also located in Pureora Forest. 
 
The Pureora Forest Park has numerous entrances with trails of various standards and lengths. Select from the park's various walking and mountain bike trails to explore historical artefacts and take in the stunning surroundings.
 

TimberTrail

A two-day journey from the northern Pureora to the southern Ngarue. The original Ngarue logging tramway, built and used until 1958 by the sawmilling company Ellis and Burnand, is followed by the Timber Trail. Visitors to the Pureora Forest can enjoy breathtaking native landscapes and birdlife in addition to the area's historical landmarks and majestic swing bridges.
 
Pureora Forest occupies a significant portion of the 44 km Timber Trail that runs between Piropiro Flats and Ngarue. An enjoyable cycling journey for the whole family that follows old bulldozer roads, brand-new tracks, and historic bush tramways. The historic Ngarue Spiral, which was recently restored, is among the trail's notable attractions. The longest suspension bridge is 141 metres long and 55 metres high.
 
It is better to spread out the 85 kilometre journey from Pureora to Ngarue across two days, with Piropiro serving as a perfect halfway point. The most well-liked portion of the trail, the final 45km from Piropiro to Ngarue, is accessible to anyone with a fair level of fitness.
 

Whakapapa Village

The Bruce road's beginning and the entrance to the Whakapapa ski area are marked by Whakapapa Village, which is tucked into Mount Ruapehu's lower slopes on the western side. The opulent Chateau Tongariro Hotel, a sizable heritage hotel constructed in 1929, serves as a landmark for the community.
 
Additionally, the village provides less expensive lodging options such campgrounds, lodges, and motels. There are numerous lovely short and longer walking paths that start here because the hamlet serves as the major entrance to Tongariro National Park. The community is situated in the middle of the national park, providing breathtaking views of all three volcanoes.
 
 In the winter, shuttle buses travel to and from Whakapapa, a ski resort with 30 runs, equipment rentals, ski schools, and cafés and boasting expansive, open, volcanic terrain. In the Tongariro National Park, summer is the best time for canoeing, white water rafting, and hiking. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit are two expeditions.
 

Ohakune Village

Ohakune offers a wide range of kid-friendly activities, including indoor rock climbing, guided horseback rides, quick bushwalks, and accessible cycling routes. You can easily rent a toboggan and play in the snow with the kids at Turoa Ski Area, only a short drive up the mountain road. You can also take a scenic chairlift ride to get breathtaking views of the alpine scenery.

 
The north Island Main Trunk Railway, finished in 1907, connects the picturesque resort town of Ohakune, the little community of Rangataua, and the army town of Waiouru. Ohakune, renowned as the Carrot Capital of New Zealand, is a short drive from the Turoa ski region and is recognised for its fertile soil that is rich in volcanic ash.
 
If you're an adrenaline junkie, try skiing or snowboarding on an active volcano. If you just want a nice meal and a glass of wine by the fire, there are several high-end restaurants, bars, and cafés.
 
Starting on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, the Mountains to Sea - Nga Ara Tuhono cycle trail passes through Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks before tracing New Zealand's longest navigable river to the ocean level in Whanganui. The Ohakune Old Coach Road is a traditional short ride for a more condensed section of the trail. With one end of the path in Ohakune, access is simple, and riders of all skill levels can enjoy the ride.
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