Tongariro

 

Tongariro National Park is New Zealand’s first national park. It hosts a diverse range of ecosystems and some spectacular landscapes.

Tongariro holds dual UNESCO World Heritage status for its significance as both a cultural and natural area. The cultural significance comes from the park’s important Maori cultural and spiritual associations, while the natural significance comes from its outstanding volcanic features.

The park has three active volcanoes, as well as several extinct. It also contains two major skifields.

A popular trek during the summer is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

The nearest towns are Turangi, National Park and Ohakune.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
 

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Tussock Grove Boutique Hotel

Tussock Grove is a friendly, boutique hotel in Ohakune, a 5-minute drive from the town centre. It is surrounded by parkland and offers 1 hour of free WiFi per day and free on-site parking. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$98 - $104

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National Park Tavern

Featuring free WiFi, National Park Tavern offers budget, backpacker-style accommodation in National Park Village, 41 km from Turangi. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$21

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The Clyde Accommodation

Boasting a restaurant, a bar and free Wi-Fi, The Clyde Accommodation is centrally located in the town centre. Guests can enjoy a game of billiards or darts in the games room. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$55

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Pipers Lodge

Set in the heart of National Park, Pipers Lodge boasts a relaxing hot tub and an onsite bar and restaurant. Guests can socialise in the shared lounge and warm up by the fireplace. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$48

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Ossies Motels and Chalets

Located just a 30-minute drive from Turoa Ski Area, Ossies Motels and Chalets offers a tranquil retreat. It features a sauna and BBQ facilities. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$66

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
The Old Courthouse B&B

The Old Courthouse B&B

The Old Courthouse B&B is ideally located just a 10-minute drive from the base of Turoa Ski Field. Built in the 1920s, this historic property features a shared lounge/dining area set within an old courtroom, complete with an original judges bench. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$62

$62-
Adventure Lodge and Motel

Adventure Lodge and Motel

Situated in a quiet location off the main highway in National Park Village, Adventure Lodge and Motel offers free Wi-Fi access and a comfortable guest lounge with satellite TV and an open fireplace. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$62 - $152

$62-
Ossies Motels and Chalets

Ossies Motels and Chalets

Located just a 30-minute drive from Turoa Ski Area, Ossies Motels and Chalets offers a tranquil retreat. It features a sauna and BBQ facilities. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$66

$66-
Raetihi International Airport

Raetihi International Airport

Offering free bikes, Raetihi International Airport is located in Raetihi. Free WiFi access is available. There is a full kitchen with a microwave and an oven. Shared bathroom also comes with a shower. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$66

$66-
Ranfurly Cottage

Ranfurly Cottage

Ranfurly Cottage is located in the historic township of Raetihi. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a patio and a private bathroom with free toiletries. You can enjoy garden view from the room. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$69

$69-
Kings Ohakune

Kings Ohakune

Featuring amazing views of Mt Ruapehu, 2 hot tubs, free breakfast and free parking, Kings Ohakune is 2 minutes’ walk from Ohakune Station. There is also an on-site restaurant and bar with a large sunny deck area. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$69

$69-
Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge

Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge

Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge is situated at the beginning of the mountain road to the Turoa ski fields, just 2 minutes' walk from Ohakune's shops, restaurants and nightlife. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$71 - $166

$71-
Ohakune Court Motel

Ohakune Court Motel

Situated only 10 minutes’ walk from central Ohakune and with beautiful views of Mt Ruapehu from most rooms, Ohakune Court Motel offers accommodation with an en suite bathroom and a flat-screen cable TV. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$73 - $128

$73-
Snowhaven

Snowhaven

Snowhaven offers a range of accommodation in Ohakune, at the base of the mountain at Turoa Skifield. All accommodation includes an LCD TV with cable channels and a DVD player. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$83 - $246

$83-
The Park Hotel Ruapehu

The Park Hotel Ruapehu

Located in the Tongariro National Park, The Park Hotel Ruapehu offers affordable accommodation in a stunning alpine setting. Guests are provided with free parking and 500MB of free WiFi. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$90 - $158

$90-
Alpine Motel

Alpine Motel

Alpine Motel Lodge & Restaurant offers warm and comfortable accommodation in central Ohakune. The lodge features a hot tub, Wi-Fi access and satellite TV. All guests at Alpine Motel and Lodge have access to a central living room and kitchen area. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$90 - $194

$90-
Tussock Grove Boutique Hotel

Tussock Grove Boutique Hotel

Tussock Grove is a friendly, boutique hotel in Ohakune, a 5-minute drive from the town centre. It is surrounded by parkland and offers 1 hour of free WiFi per day and free on-site parking. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$98 - $104

$98-
Rocky Mountain Chalets Ohakune

Rocky Mountain Chalets Ohakune

Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Rocky Mountain Chalets Ohakune is located in Ohakune. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is equipped with a flat-screen TV and DVD player. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$100

$100-
Frankie & Hugh's

Frankie & Hugh's

Part of a larger house, Frankie & Hugh's is a renovated, self-contained apartment situated in Ohakune, just a 20-minute drive from the Turoa ski field on Mount Ruapehu. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$101

$101-
The Peaks Motor Inn

The Peaks Motor Inn

Just a 3-minute drive from the heart of Ohakune, guests enjoy a sauna and a spa and wellness centre at The Peaks Motor Inn. All rooms feature a fully equipped kitchen and a terrace with mountain views. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$107

$107-

Highlights:

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Combination
Unique Cultures
Tongariro National Park in 1993 became the first property to be inscribed on the World Heritage List under the revised criteria describing "cultural landscapes." The mountains at the heart of the park have cultural and religious significance for the Maori people and symbolize the spiritual links between this community and its environment.
Natural
Volcanoes
The park has both active and extinct volcanoes. A good place to start to get the lay of the land is the Whakapapa Visitor Centre, at the heart of the village.
Hiking and Trekking
Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This is by far the best-known trek in the region.The track can be very busy, especially during the summer months. Getting an early start can help to avoid the crowds. A more intensive option than the one-day walk is to do the three-day northern circuit. This begins at Mangatepopo or Whakapapa, heads over the crossing, then makes a short detour to Blue Lake, then down to the Oturere Valley, which has lava formations.

From the Visitor Center there are several shorter treks (half day or less). Especially nice is Taranaki Falls (approximately 3 hours), which takes through forest and across scrubland and even across the lava line of past volcanic explosions.
Also of Interest:
Natural
Scenic Waterways
Waterfalls

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