Tongariro National Park Tours and Activities
Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand and the 4th one established in the world. The park is famous for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the 19-km trek regarded as one of the world’s best day hikes. The landscape of Tongariro is made up of different shaped craters that come in different colours, active geothermal areas, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs, and the famous brightly coloured emerald lakes. Choose to do a full day hike or short sunrise and sunset walks. You can also hike the Mt Ruapehu crater lake and see changing colours from deep green to pale blue to solid dark grey depending on the craters temperature.
Canoeing and kayaking on the Whanganui and Tongariro Rivers are also a great way to explore this area. The rivers are rich with Maori and European history. The “Bridge to Nowhere” is a famous attraction here. Looking for something more adventurous? Try our white-water rafting trips that feature grades 3-5 rapids. Great for families and adrenaline junkies alike!
If you’re into photography, you can join a 3-day personalised workshop led by the award winning photographer, Richard Young. The workshop covers classic landscapes, rivers, waterfalls, macro photography, and long exposures. For something different, you can visit the River Valley Lodge at Taihape for a day out with nature and friendly horses! We have something for novices and experienced riders.