Welcome to National Park Village


Over 100,000 people complete the 19.4km, mixed-terrain walk each year, which is as invigorating as it is challenging. Eerie rock formations and steaming craters look more like something from Mars than New Zealand soil, but the ultimate photo stop is the Emerald Lakes. Depending on the weather, you’ll see people sat in portable chairs enjoying the view or scrambling down the other side to escape bone-chilling winds.

National Park Village is busiest during the ski season, but in summer it makes a quieter base than Taupo for active travellers making the most of nearby outdoor activities. A lesser-known fact about the area is that it's a hot spot for train enthusiasts. Who knew?


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National Park Village activities

$30.22 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tongariro Crossing Shuttle

Shuttle is nice and early and gets you on the track in 25 minutes departing at 8am. Our shuttle departs from National Park Village located in the foothills of the Dual Heritage Tongariro National Park. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is classed as the best one day hike in New Zealand and in the top 6 hikes in the world. Its a one way trail starting at Mangatepopo and the end of the trail is Ketatahi road end. We have all afternoon picks up from Ketatahi road end 1.30-2.30-3.30-4.30-6pm - (which you do not need to choose a pick up time). What you need to take: Lunch & snacks Water 1.5lt Suitable clothing to the weather conditions Hiking footwear Torch Phone

$26.45 Transfers & Ground Transport

Return Shuttle to Explore Whakapapa Village from National Park

Our shuttle departs from National Park Village located in the foothills of the Dual Heritage Tongariro National Park. The Tongariro National Park is classed as one of the oldest National Parks in the world.  You day is -choose your own trail from Whakapapa Village. There is a vast variety of tracks to choose from 10 mins to 6 hours, -Loop hikes, Push a pram hike, Family hikes, Active hiker trails. These hikes allow to smell the forest, pass through alpine flora & fauna, glaze into glacial streams and waterfalls,step over ancient lava flows, have a 360 degree view of all 3 active volcanoes.in the Village you can visit the Information Center, Step back in time and visit the Grand Chateau have a bite to eat. A free shuttle allows to visit the snow and travel on a chairlift to 2020m What you need to take: Lunch & snacks Water  Suitable clothing to the weather conditions Hiking footwear Torch Phone

$26.45 Transfers & Ground Transport

Round Trip Shuttle to Tongariro Northern Circuit

Our shuttle departs from National Park Village located in the foothills of the Dual Heritage Tongariro National Park. The Tongariro National Park is classed as one of the oldest National Parks in the world.  Tongariro Northern Circuit is 1 of 9 Great walks in New Zealand. The 3-4 day hike is tramping over active volcanoes, pass through alpine flora & fauna, glaze into glacial streams and waterfalls,step over ancient lava flows, have a 360 degree view of all 3 active volcanoes. You choosing to stay in huts or tents. (Huts need to be booked in advance). This hike is a wilderness experience, you need to take all your own food/water/sleeping requirements and anything else to survive the great outdoors. Please ensure your research your trip prior to booking your shuttle. What you need to take:Sleeping bagFood & Water  enough for 3-4 days Suitable clothing to suit the weather conditions Hiking footwearTorch PhoneMap

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