Tongariro National Park

National Park Village borders the dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park to the east and the Whanganui National Park to the West, in the middle of a true wilderness wonderland. The village is located near the base of Mt Ruapehu, at the intersection of SH4 & SH47 on the volcanic plateau, half way between Auckland and Wellington. It boasts great views of all three mountains, Mt. Tongariro, Mt. Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings filming locations) and Mt. Ruapehu - a unique dual world heritage area, 300,000 years in the making.

Mt Ruapehu has two of the largest ski fields in New Zealand, with Whakapapa the larger. The majestic slopes of Mt Ruapehu accommodate New Zealand's largest and most developed ski areas, Whakapapa and Turoa. The world-class facilities cater for all levels from the beginner to the advanced and adventurous.
• NZs highest lift access (2,322m)
• NZs largest ski area (1800 hectares of lift accessed terrain)
• Longest vertical drop in Australasia (722m)
• World Heritage Park
Mt Ruapehu is a volcano and there is a risk of eruptions and lahars, however risk management procedures including sophisticated early warning systems are in place. The last major eruption was in 1996 with a small eruption in September 2007 and the last lahar was in March 2007.

Its sacred Crater Lake is one of only three in the world that is surrounded by ice and snow. Scenic chairlift rides operate on Whakapapa throughout most of the year offering unsurpassed and spectacular views over the central North Island. There are many amazing volcanic tracks to explore on your own or with an experienced local alpine guide.

The Tongariro National Park is the home to the three mountains of Ruapehu, the largest mountain in the north island, Ngauruhoe the youngest volcano and Tongariro whose landscape has developed over the last 300,000 years.

The world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a 19km hike over Mt. Tongariro, taking you from herb fields to forest with tranquil lakes, track information, accommodation, shuttles, supplies are all available in National Park Village.

People come from all around the world to do the Tongariro Crossing, but there are many other wonderful walks from 10 minutes to 6 hours which are just as outstanding, some may even say better! The Skyline, Crater Lake and Meads wall are all spectacular hikes starting high up at the Whakapapa ski field on Mt Ruapehu, the highest Mountain in the North Island. There are the summit trips to Mt. Tongariro, Mt. Ruapehu and Mt. Ngauruhoe (Mt. Doom from the Lord Of The Rings).

Tongariro National Park is an exciting adventure playground for hiking, biking, rafting, skiing, a place of extremes, a place you can explore from our villages.

Mt Ngauruhoe is New Zealand's newest and historically most active volcano.

Mt Ngauruhoe has been active for at least 2,500 years. It has produced more than 70 eruptive episodes since 1839. There have been no eruptions since 19th February 1975 and the temperature of fumaroles in the crater floor has steadily cooled since 1979, suggesting that the main vent is becoming blocked.

In Maori legend, the high priest, Ngatoroirangi was caught in a blizzard while climbing Mount Ngauruhoe. He prayed to his sisters in Hawaiki to send him fire to save him from freezing. The flames they sent south emerged first at White Island, then Rotorua and Taupo before finally bursting at Ngatoroirangi's feet. Thus Ngatoroirangi is credited with bringing volcanic activity to Aotearoa New Zealand - not as a curse upon the land, but as a blessing.

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What’s the Weather Like?
The average temperature in Chateau Tongariro in August is very cool at 3°C.
Afternoons can be a little cool with average high temperatures reaching 7°C.
Overnight temperatures are generally slightly cold with an average low of -1°C.
In August there is a range/ variation of daily average temperatures of 8°C.
The weather in August is quite sopping with sleet, snow or rain at intervals. A sizable 229mm of H2O is dropped during an average of 18 days.
The shortest day is 10:06 long and the longest day is 11:15 long.