Introducing Tongariro National Park
Established in 1887, Tongariro was NZ’s first and the world’s fourth national park, and is one of NZ’s three World Heritage Sites. Its three towering, active volcanoes – Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro – rise from a vast, scrub-covered alpine plateau, making this one of the nation's most spectacular locations. In summer it offers excellent short walks and longer tramps, most notably the Tongariro Northern Circuit and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. In winter it’s a busy ski area.
The three peaks were a gift to NZ from Ngati Tuwharetoa, the local iwi (tribe), who saw the act as the only way to preserve an area of spiritual significance.