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Tongariro National Park

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Whakapapa Visitor Centre Email:
Discover the cultural and natural heritage of Tongariro National Park through exciting audio-visual, interactive and informative interpretation. DOC staff provide information about day walks, tramping and the wide range of activities to be enjoyed in the Park. Outdoor clothing, books, phone cards and souvenirs are on sale. Trampers can purchase hut tickets and leave intentions forms. Phone: 07 892 3729.


South Pacific Adventure
We have something for every type of person, lifestyle and activity level - there are places to see and places to visit. You can do sea kayaking, scuba dive training, heli ski, or fish some of the most spectacular alpine rivers with a fishing guide, even do battle with marlin and tuna while deep sea fishing - and lots more. New Zealand is a small country but it’s always running at 100%, it really is the home of South Pacific Adventures. No matter the season you’re guaranteed to find an adventure tour that will get your adrenaline pumping.

National Park Backpackers - Climbing Hall, Transport & Tours
The biggest hall outside the main centres: 8m high, over 300m2 of wall, 35 top ropes, 55 different climbs, beginners to advanced, grades 10 to 27, gear hire, free instruction, open daily 9am to 8pm, cost $12, guests $9. Transport to Tongariro Crossing 42nd Traverse, glow worm, volcanic tours and Whanganui River trips. Accommodation (in dorm, quad and double rooms) from $18pp/night.

Mountain Air
Take a scenic flight around the spectacular volcanoes of the Tongariro National Park Dual World Heritage Area. Enjoy a short 15 minute flight around Tongariro and Ngauruhoe or be inspired by the variety and beauty of all the volcanoes and natural wonders of the Park on the 35 minute Volcanic Explorer – by far our most popular flight.

Mt Ruapehu
Ski and ride the world class ski areas of Whakapapa and Turoa. These two fields are the largest (1800 hectares) in all of New Zealand, but wait there’s more; we have the highest lift in New Zealand at 2,322m and the longest vertical drop in Australasia at 722metres We are also located in a dual World Heritage park and on a clear day there are spectacular views across central North Island.

Mayhem Paintball/off Road Karts
Play fast action speedball in our specialised Arena. Off Road Buggies, test your skills on our custome built track. Horse Riding Lessons, beginner to advanced by appointment.

Plateau Shuttle
Tongariro Crossing: We can take care of all your transport needs in our brand new mini-bus with daily trips to the Tongariro Crossing and 42nd-traverse. With extensive local knowledge we can arrange all of your adventure activity requirements.

Ruapehu Quad Adventures
"Awe inspiring Scenic Journey" - We specialise in guided quad bike tours, through and around the Mighty 42nd traverse. The Tongariro National Park “Kiwi sanctuary” Encompasses 21470 of New Zealand’s indigenous rain forest. We take you through a diverse and ever-changing landscape. From Volcanic Mountains to Lush Rain Forest, Rivers, Canyons and Water falls

Tongariro River Rafting
Provides adventure activities to people from all walks of life. We are situated in the central plateau of the North Island, one of natures finest adventure playgrounds. Take on the mighty Tongariro with a white water rafting trip or a family float with our experienced guides or outwit the enemy in our ultimate game Paintball. Our activities can be tailored to suit the requirements of your group.

Whanganui River Jet
Our jet boat operates daily into this beautiful wilderness area of the Whanganui National Park. Our charter service will drop trampers off wishing to tramp the Mangapurua Track back to Whakahoro or the Matemateaonga Track to the west. We also operate sightseeing trips to the Bridge to Nowhere. Alternatively hire one of our kayaks and paddle into the Whanganui National Park to be picked up at the end of the day by jet boat.

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National Park Backpackers
Lodge with magnificent view of volcanoes right from doorstep. Accommodation in dorm, 4-6 share and double rooms with en suite, from $18pp/n for BBH & YHA members. Fully equipped kitchen, TV lounge, laundry facilities, BBQ area, spa pool, tent sites in summer, internet, challenging indoor climbing hall, own bus to Tongariro Crossing, 42 Traverse, glowworms & volcano tours. Whanganui River trips. Free pick up from Train/Bus.

Adventure Lodge & Motel
One bedroom units (King Beds), Family units, studio motel units (Queen Beds), Bed and breakfast, Double, Family and Quad lodge rooms. electric blankets, Sky TV, internet access, two hot spa pools, open log fire, large covered barbecue area.

Alpine Apartments
Two x three bedroom fully self-contained apartments right in the heart of the National Park Village, each sleeping up to 6 people, with fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms and laundries. Comfortable lounge with radio, CD, DVD & TV and great mountain views. Close to restaurants, ski hire shops & Mt Ruapehu mountain transport. Ideal for families and groups of friends visiting the snow. Summer tariff: From $120/night for two

Discovery Lodge
Warm, friendly, energetic service and advice. Self contained motels & chalets with Fairydown duvets on beds. Backpacker units and all camping. Restaurant & Bar. Guest lounge. Outdoor spa with full mountain view. Added value Tongariro Crossing experience with own shuttle bus leaving 6am, 7am, & 8am. Pick-ups at 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. A unique location. Surrounded by wilderness. Full unrestricted panoramic view of all three volcanoes.

Mountain Heights Lodge
Mountain Heights Lodge offers bed & breakfast in comfortable en suite rooms in the private guest wing of the lodge. We have a hot spa, central heating and a large lounge with log fire. Ideal for tramping, fishing canoeing, skiing, mountain biking or just relaxing. Transport to the Tongariro Crossing organised. We also have self contained motel units, double glazed for your comfort. Fully equipped kitchenettes, TV and bathroom. They sleep from 2-6 people.

Pipers Ski Lodge & Tours
If you are looking for a relaxed family atmosphere and service with a smile ---- go no further!! We accommodate 130 people in bunk rooms, twins, doubles and en suite rooms. Spacious lounge with open fire, tea and coffee available, TV room, hot tubs, drying room, ski and apparel hire, lift passes sold on premises. 4WD transport available. Weekend tours from Auckland. Midweek by arrangement. Open all year. See our website for our exciting summer programme.

Plateau Lodge
Warm and friendly Kiwi hospitality, Newly renovated self contained 2 bedroom apartments with sky tv. Air-conditioning in all apartments. Double en suite lodge rooms with sky tv. Double and quad lodge rooms. Large lounge with log fire and sky tv and fully equipped guest kitchen. Private spa pool, Internet access, telecom pay phone. Adventure activity bookings. Transport to the Tongariro Crossing and 42 Traverse.

Pukenui Lodge
Select from a range of quality accommodation. Enjoy a hearty cooked breakfast and evening meals, or self cater. Relax in our lounge with magnificent views and open fire or soak away your aches in the spa after a great day on the ski field's or hiking. Ask about activities and services available. Open all year. Rates from $18 - $75 pp. Private chalets also available

Ski Haus
Ski Haus offers comfortable budget accommodation in double, dorm and family rooms, ideal for groups and independent travellers. Tent and powered camper van sites available. Alpine atmosphere in the lounge with a big log fire, spa pool and drying room, licensed restaurant and bar. Transport to Tongariro Crossing, Whanganui River trips and other local activities can be organised. Buses for hire for groups, tours arranged with Tongariro Volcanic Adventures. Ticketing agent for Intercity bus, Tranz Scenic train and Inter islander Ferry

Slalom Lodge
Slalom Lodge is a country lodge nestled in the quiet surrounds of Raurimu Village, 6 kilometers north of National Park Village on SH4. Slalom offers accommodation for upp to 140 people and has full bar and restaurant facilities, along with a self catering kitchen. Relax in our large lounge with an open fire. Pool and table tennis, dance floor and sauna are available.

Spiral Gardens
Spiral Gardens overlooks the Piopiotea Stream and a magnificent stand of native bush. Located 5 minutes north of National Park Village. A choice of luxury suites, family room, or self contained cabin. This large home is your to enjoy during your visit to Raurimu, location of the world famous railway spiral. Your hosts can organise any of the adventure activities on offer in the Central Plateau area.

The Crossing Backpackers
Treat yourself to something totally different! The Crossing Backpackers is one of the most unique places you can stay, the relaxing atmosphere and custom built interior makes it special, beds from $22 head, meals available. On-Site activities, paint ball, off road buggies, horse riding lessons. Transport to and from The Tongariro Crossing.

Tongariro Crossing Lodge
The Lodge is renowned for warm & spacious guest suites (all with lounges, queen-sized beds & feather duvets, tea & coffee making facilities, refrigerators, TVs and en-suite bathrooms). We can provide guests' transport to the 'Tongariro Crossing' (the best one-day walk in New Zealand) and the Mt. Ruapehu ski fields. Breakfasts are available in our elegant dining room. Daily Tariffs from NZ$60+GST per person (double occupancy).

Wood Pigeon Lodge
“Wood pigeon Lodge offers two options of accommodation. One a converted barn which sleeps up to 11 and our smaller rustic styled hut which sleeps 4. Both are built with your comfort in mind and heated by wood stoves. Situated on 20 acres, the property neighbours the famous Raurimu Spiral and Department of Conservation reserves. It provides a peaceful base for your summer and winter activities in the Tongariro World Heritage area.”

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Bars and Restaurants in National Park

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Ski/ Board Shops

Eivin's Ski & Board Rental
Beat the queues. Rental opens 7am equipment returns by 6pm. Friday nights open until 12am. Millennium technology carving skis, boards, blades and boots. Junior Equipment also. Hire for 5 days - pay for 3 days. Mid-week rates. Group concessions by prior arrangement. Workshop service overnight. Phone: 07 892 2843.

Snowzone @ Roy Turners Ski & Board Shop
Sales - Mammoth range of top quality skis, clothing & snowboards at better than city prices. Leading brands include Rossignol, Volkl, K2, Drake, Northwave, Nitro, Flow and Hammer. Hire -Skis, Snowboards and clothing. Day rentals, weekly rentals and season rentals. Crampons and ice axes for hire. Repairs - The only Wintersteiger Tuning Centre in National Park Village for skis and boards. Phone: 07 892 2757.

Ski-Biz Summer Outdoors
Ski Hire in the Winter and Alpine hiking and camping store through Summer. Biz Summer Outdoors offers a range of gear for hire including hiking boots, rain jackets, pants, hiking poles and back packs. The shop is equipped with lots of essential gear from gas cookers, gas canisters, cooking utensils, first aid kits, sleeping bags, hiking boots, backpacks, clothing and much more. Phone: 07 892 2717.

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