Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park which includes a sunset, mountains and landscape views
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Explore New Zealand’s phenomenal volcanic landscape and trek across one of the best known hiking trails in the country.

Enjoy outdoor adventures and superlative scenery when you explore Tongariro National Park. Go hiking, mountain biking, skiing and whitewater rafting in a wilderness that encompasses waterfalls, lakes, rivers and three active volcanoes.

The three volcanoes in Tongariro National Park were gifted to the country in 1887 by Te Heuheu, Chief of the Ngati Tuwharetoa Maori tribe. New Zealand’s oldest national park is also a dual World Heritage area for its importance to Maori culture and the magnificent volcanic features.

There are many hiking and mountain bike trails throughout the park, from gentle outings to more challenging routes. Take one of the volcanic walks on Mount Ruapehu, which was used as a filming location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Trek through the countryside and stay overnight in a serviced backcountry hut or in a village lodge. A popular route is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This 1-day hike encompasses barren mountains with volcanic craters, lava flows and emerald-green lakes.

Take part in some activities on the water. Kayak along the Whakapapa River through Tongariro Forest. There is also a 3-day canoe trip along the waterway. Go whitewater rafting in the Whanganui River. When the snow comes in the winter, head for the slopes of the Whakapapa Ski Area on Mount Ruapehu. Here you can ski, snowboard and go tobogganing.

Away from the outstanding scenery, Tongariro National Park also has some cultural sites that are well worth exploring. Stop by the 1923 glacier hut, which today houses a skiing museum. See Kaikawaka Villa, a bushman's hut from the 1930s and visit the Tongariro Chateau, a Georgian mansion.

Tongariro National Park is in the central part of North Island, about a 4- to 5-hour drive from Auckland or Wellington. It is also accessible by railway from both these places. Trains stop at the National Park Village which borders the expansive wilderness. It is open throughout the year and there is no entry fee.

607 Cheap Hotels Near Tongariro National Park

Skotel Alpine Resort
Skotel Alpine Resort
3.5 out of 5
Whakapapa Village, SH 48, Nagauruhoe Place Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, 3951
The price is NZ$89 per night from 7 Sep. to 8 Sep.
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Tongariro National Park. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (509 reviews)
"It was our second stay here. Handy location. Having rental shop in the same building was very good. Restaurant provides very good food and drinks. Cozy bar. Friendly staffs. We definitely want to come back here for ski or hike."

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2022

Skotel Alpine Resort
Chateau Tongariro Hotel
Chateau Tongariro Hotel
4 out of 5
State Highway 48, Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, 3951
The price is NZ$240 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Tongariro National Park. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (995 reviews)
"Awesome place"

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2022

Chateau Tongariro Hotel
The Park Hotel Ruapehu
The Park Hotel Ruapehu
3 out of 5
6 Millar Street, Tongariro National Park, National Park Village, 3948
The price is NZ$131 per night from 9 Aug. to 10 Aug.
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in National Park Village. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 hot tubs. Our guests praise the restaurant and the ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (832 reviews)
"Great service, friendly staff and good food. Clean and comfortable room."

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2022

The Park Hotel Ruapehu
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Tongariro National Park Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Howard's Lodge - Hostel
Howard's Lodge - Hostel
2 out of 5
43 Carroll St, National Park Village, 3989
The price is NZ$79 per night from 9 Aug. to 10 Aug.
Howard's Lodge - Hostel
Chateau Tongariro Hotel
Chateau Tongariro Hotel
4 out of 5
State Highway 48, Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, 3951
The price is NZ$240 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Chateau Tongariro Hotel
Skotel Alpine Resort
Skotel Alpine Resort
3.5 out of 5
Whakapapa Village, SH 48, Nagauruhoe Place Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, 3951
The price is NZ$89 per night from 7 Sep. to 8 Sep.
Skotel Alpine Resort
The Park Hotel Ruapehu
The Park Hotel Ruapehu
3 out of 5
6 Millar Street, Tongariro National Park, National Park Village, 3948
The price is NZ$131 per night from 9 Aug. to 10 Aug.
The Park Hotel Ruapehu
Plateau Lodge
Plateau Lodge
3 out of 5
17 Carroll Street, National Park Village, 3948
The price is NZ$99 per night from 9 Aug. to 10 Aug.
Plateau Lodge
Pipers Lodge
Pipers Lodge
3 out of 5
18 Millar Street, National Park, National Park Village, 3948
The price is NZ$134 per night from 9 Aug. to 10 Aug.
Pipers Lodge
Tongariro Crossing Lodge
Tongariro Crossing Lodge
4.5 out of 5
27 Carroll Street, National Park Village, Tongariro, 2653
The price is NZ$200 per night from 23 Aug. to 24 Aug.
Tongariro Crossing Lodge
Mountain Heights Lodge
Mountain Heights Lodge
3 out of 5
4576 SH 4, National Park Village, Manawatu-Wanganui, 3989
The price is NZ$160 per night from 9 Aug. to 10 Aug.
Mountain Heights Lodge
Adventure Lodge & Motel
Adventure Lodge & Motel
3.5 out of 5
21 Carroll Street, National Park Village, 3989
The price is NZ$100 per night from 1 Sep. to 2 Sep.
Adventure Lodge & Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.