The Tongariro Crossing
Many of our trips pass through the Tongariro region and enjoy views of one of the most famous peaks in New Zealand and arguably the Worlds best one day walk - the Tongariro Crossing. For those joining a tour passing through Tongariro here's a taste of what you will be up to.
About the Tongariro area:
The Ruapehu district is located in the central North Island, midway between Auckland and Wellington, with Highways 1 and 4 through the region providing equally good access and forming the western and eastern boundaries.
The 80,000ha Tongariro National Park (World Heritage Area) makes up most of this region, with its centrepiece Mount Ruapehu (2,797m) rising dramatically from the surrounding countryside. Alongside Mount Ruapehu are two smaller volcanic mountains - Mount Ngauruhoe (also active) and Mount Tongariro. Mt Ruapehu is still very much an active volcano that every year or so puts on a magnificent pyrotechnic display of a mini eruption. It is also the site of the North Island's premier ski fields at Whakapapa and Turoa, which have world class facilities.
In summer there are a number of trails to explore, with one of the best known being the Tongariro Crossing, a full-day hike. These hikes provide opportunities to experience some of the most active volcanic areas, as well as moonscape craters, lush native forest, lava formations, glaciers and pristine streams and lakes.
Optional activities for tours passing through Tongariro:
- Tongariro Alpine Crossing
- White Water Rafting
Optional hikes for tours passing through Tongariro:
If you don't fancy the big one there are many other great shorter walks around the region.