Tongariro Map & Travel Routes

Planning Your Journey

Riverstone Backpackers offers a variety of accommodation options and is located on the Tongariro map and region, in the township of Turangi – gateway to the Tongariro National ParkTongariro Alpine Crossing and other great walking opportunities. We are also 400m from the town centre and the banks of the Tongariro River, which offers world class fly fishing. For a small town the variety and quality of local services and food and eating out options are surprisingly diverse.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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Rotorua-Taupo-Turangi Riverstone Recommendation

1hr 45min drive
  • Rotorua to Taupo (SH5) 1hr – hot pools and thermal areas, Broadland’s Rd detour (SH30) worth considering
  • Taupo township – adventure activities and a variety of short walks and biking trails
  • Taupo to Turangi (SH1) 45min – some scenic river walks and easy access to the lake


2hr 30min drive
  • Raglan to Waitomo  1hr 15min – slow road, Waitomo Caves are a great option on a rainy day and can be done as a day trip from Turangi
  • Waitomo to Turangi (SH41, SH4, SH3) 1hr 15min – via Te Kuiti, leave time for Waituhi saddle lookout 30min from Turangi
  • Consider a detour (SH32) to take in some of the sites of the western bays including the spectacular Waihaha walking and cycling trail

New Plymouth-‘The Forgotten Highway’-Turangi Riverstone Recommendation

4hr drive
  • New Plymouth to Whongamomona (SH4, SH43) 2hrs – very twisty but scenic road, second part turns to gravel road
  • Whongamonmona to Turangi (SH43, SH41) 2hrs – gravel road, scenic drive with lots of photo opportunities including Waituhi saddle lookout 30mins from Turangi


4hr drive
  • Wellington to Taihape (SH1) 2hrs 30min – Kapiti coast section is very scenic
  • Taihape to Turangi (SH1) 1hr 30min – leave plenty of time for great photos of limestone river valleys and mountains
  • For some short detours check the Tongariro National Park and Around the Mountain sections of this site

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