The Tongariro National Park was the first national park to be established in New Zealand, and the fourth in the world.
As well as the Tongariro Crossing, there are a number of scenic hiking trails in and around Tongariro National Park. Following mountain contours or meandering streams, these trails can last as long as you have time, from a one-hour jaunt to a five-day wilderness experience. Discover amazing landforms, volcanoes and ecosystems in the Tongariro National Park.
The Tongariro National Park is managed by the Department of Conservation.
The Round-the-Mountain track offers amazing scenery that changes with the hour. It takes three full days for a fit party in good weather conditions (nights at Mangaturuturu and Rangipo Huts), or four to six days at a more leisurely pace.
The best way to experience the Ruapehu Crater walk is to join a guided tour, which leaves from the Whakapapa ski-fields. From the 'Top o' the Bruce' you can use chair lifts to give you a head start. Then there's a one and a half hour hike to the Dome Shelter for incredible views of the crater.
Remember that Mt Ruapehu is an active volcano. Be well prepared with warm, windproof clothing and boots. Do not attempt the climb in poor visibility or high winds.