Welcome to Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park (797 sq km) lies in the heart of the North Island. Its major landmarks are three active volcanoes – Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. These form the southern end of a chain that extends northwest through the heart of the North Island, past Taupo and Rotorua, to finally reach Whakaari (White Island). The volcanic nature of the region is responsible for Tongariro’s hot springs, boiling mud... Read More

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$748.60 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day North Island Adventure Tour - Auckland to Wellington Return

Day 1: Auckland to HaheiMeet the group and head south east stopping at the famous Cathedral Cove. Accessible only by foot or by boat, this beautiful coastal spot is one of the ‘must see’ sites on the Coromandel Peninsula. Drive to the unique Hot Water Beach and dig up your own personal spa pool in the sand (tide dependent). Overnight in beach side cabins and enjoy a BBQ dinner.Accommodation: Comfortable cabins, near the beach Meals: DinnerDay 2: Hahei to RotoruaArrive into Rotorua around lunchtime, an area known for its Maori heritage and thermal activity. Take the opportunity to do some great optional activities like a visit to Hobbiton, white water rafting, zorbing or the luge (additional cost). In the evening, you'll be welcomed into the authentic Tamaki Maori Village, where you can discover and learn more about Maori art forms, ancient rituals and traditions. Enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (feast) with your hosts. After dinner, soak in the hot pools back at your accommodation.Accommodation: Central City LodgeMeals: Breakfast, DinnerDay 3: Rotorua to WhakahoroStart the day with a visit to bubbling mud pools before travelling to the spectacular Huka Falls. Then it’s off to the award winning Blue Duck Lodge. The group will head out on a 4WD farm adventure to explore this vast and spectacular property.You'll learn about the surrounding ecosystem and the varying conservation initiatives underway on this impressive station. Dinner is cooked using local produce.Accommodation: Rustic country lodge Meals: Breakfast, DinnerDay 4: Whakahoro to Tongaririo National ParkFrom the station we head into Tongariro National Park for a chance to hike the Tongariro Crossing (19km); rated as New Zealand’s best one-day walk. There are other options for shorter walks around this volcanic region or visiting the Volcanic Centre Museum. Accommodation is within the National Park at an alpine lodge. Accommodation: Alpine Lodge Meals: Breakfast, DinnerDay 5: Tongaririo National Park to WellingtonToday we make our way to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Get a taste of ‘Wellywood’ home to Weta Workshop (the special effects studio behind Lord of the Rings and Avatar), visit the iconic Beehive (Parlimant building), the national museum of Te Papa and and the bustling waterfront area.Accommodation: Central City Hostel Meals: BreakfastDay 6: Wellington to AucklandToday is an express journey from Wellington to Auckland. We stop along the way for photos and to have lunch in National Park. Meals: Breakfast

$217.20 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Taupo Adventure Combo Tour including Scenic Helicopter Flight

No matter which combo you select for your multi-thrill adventure tour in Taupo, you’re in good hands with informative expert guides who help you discover the North Island’s natural spoils. Combo 1: (Above & Below) Begin your Taupo adventure with a 12-minute scenic helicopter flight over the Wairakei Geothermal Fields with Inflite Helicopters. Get an aerial panorama of the Craters of the Moon, see Maori rock carvings and hover above Huka Falls. Then zoom close to thundering waterfalls from the water during a 30-minute jet-boat ride with Huka Falls Jet, speeding 50 mph (80 kph) and taking 360-degree spins on the Waikato River. Combo 2: (Totally Taupo) Starting at Taupo Marina, a 1.5-hour catamaran cruise glides you over the pristine waters of Lake Taupo, tucked into the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park. Snap photos of the landscape, including Maori rock carvings, while you sip morning coffee provided on board with Chris Jolly Outdoors. Then amp up the adventure factor with a helicopter flight, described in Combo 1, above. Afterward, it’s back to the water for a jet-boat ride, with all the same thrills and spins detailed above. 

$144.10 Water Sports

White Water Rafting Tour with Optional Adventure Packages

Enjoy a grade 3+ whitewater rafting adventure that combines the heart-pumping action of more than 60 roller coaster rapids (with an expert guide at the helm) and plenty of spectacular, unspoiled wilderness which can only be accessed from the river. Challenge your limits by daring to do the cliff jump and take in the commentary from the knowledgeable and professional guides. Your experience will begin with a full safety instructional briefing and will end with a delicious deli-style lunch (in summer), or hot soup and thermal swim (in winter). Choose from the following adventure activities to add to your white water rafting experience:Option 1: Throw yourself from the highest water touch bungee platform in NZ. From 154 feet (47m) high, above the Waikato River. You choose to stay dry or immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters below – from your fingertips to your ankles. Set in a spectacularly scenic location, this is a ‘must-do’ activity when visiting the Taupo region. Pick up and drop off from your Taupo accommodation is included.Option 2: Come and enjoy the Tree Trunk Gorge track by mountain bike - a beautiful track that weaves its way through native forest, with a short steep climb, a picturesque river ford, and wooden bridges en route. Once out of the bush you will bike down to the Poutu Intake on the Tongariro River and enjoy lunch before your rafting experience. Bikes and helmets supplied and the tour is fully guided. Option 3: Enjoy an exciting and scenic 20 minute flight in a float plane to the southern end of Lake Taupo, taking in the awe inspiring scenery of the great lake (yes, it really is that big) and the central plateau, catching glimpses of the mighty mountains of Tongariro National Park before embarking on your white water rafting adventure. Option 4: The Ultimate Adrenalin rush – skydiving and white water rafting in the stunning Lake Taupo region. Two of Lake Taupo’s iconic activities have come together to offer you an incredible day out. Experience 45 mind-blowing seconds of free-fall and take in the awesome views of Lake Taupo and the coast at speeds of up to 120m/hr (200km/hr).

$196.04 Outdoor Activities

Tandem Skydive in Taupo from 12,000 Feet

On the day of your skydive, you can travel in style from your Taupo hotel by limousine or drive yourself to the drop-zone. Upon arrival, the reservations team will walk you through check-in and your safety briefing. You can opt to add on a video or photo package before it’s time to gear up and meet your tandem instructor.  When you're ready, board the small aircraft for a scenic flight that takes around 20 minutes to reach altitude at 12,000 feet. You're treated to stunning aerial views of Lake Taupo, Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, and 'Mt. Doom' of The Lord of the Rings fame. Finally, your attached guide will move you gently toward the door of the plane with legs dangling over the side for the 3-2-1 countdown. The skydive takes you careening into a free-fall at speeds of up to 124 mph — the ultimate heart-pounding thrill — until you reach around 5,000 feet in elevation, when your parachute will deploy. Check out the views from coast to coast across the North Island and relax during the canopy ride back down to firm ground. If you selected a video package, you can relive this unforgettable experience on the big screen at the base before your trip back to your accommodation.

$252.25 Outdoor Activities

Tandem Skydive in Taupo from 15,000 Feet

On the day of your skydive, you can travel in style from your Taupo hotel by limousine or drive yourself to the drop-zone. Upon arrival, the reservations team will walk you through check-in and your safety briefing. You can opt to add on a video or photo package before it’s time to gear up and meet your tandem instructor.When you're ready, board the small aircraft for a scenic flight that takes around 20 minutes to reach altitude at 15,000 feet. You're treated to stunning aerial views of Lake Taupo, Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, and 'Mt. Doom' of The Lord of the Rings fame. Finally, your attached guide will move you gently toward the door of the plane with legs dangling over the side for the 3-2-1 countdown.The skydive takes you careening into a free-fall at speeds of up to 124 mph — the ultimate heart-pounding thrill — until you reach around 5,000 feet in elevation, when your parachute will deploy. Check out the views from coast to coast across the North Island and relax during the canopy ride back down to firm ground.If you selected a video package, you can relive this unforgettable experience on the big screen at the base before your trip back to your accommodation.

$19.99 Tours & Sightseeing

Taupo Self-Guided Audio Tour

Located on Lake Tauponuiatia or Lake Taupo for short, this area is rich with geothermal and volcanic activity where natural hot springs and baths surround the area. You will learn about the Waikato River which runs from the Lake and its fishing history at the Taupo boat harbour. You will also see where the skydiving takes place, as well as learning about the Māori Carvings and Stories, the Lake itself, the Tongariro National Park, the Harbour master building and boats, Tapuaeharuru Redoubt and Magazine, the courthouse buildings, the story place, the Taupo Museum with the Garden of Wellbeing, the Joan Williamson Rose Garden, Great Lake Centre, the Settler's Cemetery and the Taupo Primary School. A fun tour full of interesting information.