Tongariro World Heritage & National Park
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Mt Ruapehu Accommodation & Activities and Ski Resorts Guide NZ
SKI RESORTS AT Mt Ruapehu
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Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand, and the fourth national park established in the world. The active volcanic mountains Mt Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro are located in the centre of the park.
The park includes many towns around its boundary including Ohakune, Waiouru, National Park Village, Whakapapa & Turoa Skifield and Turangi.
The main activities are hiking and climbing in summer, and skiing and snowboarding at the local ski resorts om Mt Ruapehu . There is also opportunities for hunting, game fishing, mountain biking, rafting and scenic flights. Other popular activities in the region include quad biking and guided tours.
Mount Tongariro and its surroundings are one of the several locations where Peter Jackson shot the Lord of the Rings trilogy; tours to view these places are commonly arranged by the tour's operators and lodges.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the park is one of New Zealand's most spectacular tramping tracks, and is considered the most popular one day tramp in New Zealand. The Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage site which has the distinction of dual status, as it has been acknowledged for both its natural and cultural significance. A number of tour operators provide transport for this trek from Taupo and within the park.
The slopes of Mt Rupehu are a year round tourist attraction, with it's chairlift operating tours up the mountain in the summer, and providing great skiing at the areas ski resorts on Whakapapa and Turoa skifields in the winter.
A variety of accommodation is available in this region, from budget ski lodges to luxury 5 star lodges.
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