Being the oldest national park in New Zealand, Tongariro National Park as won many accolades, one of them being a UNESCO listed mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Site. The park was the fourth ever established national park in the world. It features three volcanoes including Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro. Each of the peaks of these mountains is considered sacred by the Maori People.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Being the oldest national park in New Zealand, Tongariro National Park as won many accolades, one of them being a UNESCO listed mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Site. The park was the fourth ever established national park in the world. It features three volcanoes including Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro. Each of the peaks of these mountains is considered sacred by the Maori People.

In case you are planning to visit the park, go prepared to engage in the following activities.

1. Outdoor Activities

During the summer, go prepared for activities such as hiking, rock and mountain climbing, hunting, game fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, rafting and scenic flights. If on the other hand you are going there during the winter, skiing and snowboarding are the famous sports.

2. Camping

For those who love staying in the wild, this destination is one of the most developed national parks for camping. It features three camping sites, two emergency shelters, nine public and four private huts among other tourist facilities. The most fantastic sight at night is the signal-like illuminations that come from the glow worms. If you have a camera, this is one of the most beautiful sights to record.

3. Hiking to Tongariro crossing

Tongariro crossing is a mountain pass that follows one of the most scenic routes that any hiker can ever see. It features lunar-like landscape, emerald lakes, mountain springs, scattered pumice and active volcanoes.

4, Biking at 42 Traverse

The scattered pumice, wide vistas, lush unspoiled bushes and valley spreads makes riding a bike on this trail one of the most enjoyable experiences in the world.

5. Kayaking at Whakapapa Magic River

The Whakapapa is as enticing as River Colorado, if not more. Kayaking at this river is an experience that anyone who visits the Tongariro National Park must have.

New Zealand is huge and tourist friendly. It has so many tourist attractions ranging from natural phenomenon to the diverse culture of the local Aborigine people. If you are looking for an all-round travel destination, you will never go with places like Tongariro National Park.

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