Tongrariro Region

Natural Beauty & Adventure Activities

T he Tongariro Region is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and offers a great range of outdoor activities for all abilities and levels of fitness. The Tongariro National ParkTongariro Alpine Crossing – NZ’s greatest one day walk, trekking and walking options, and trout & fly fishing are world class. The National Park has a rich history and culture, is a UNESCO Dual World Heritage Park and home to many scenes from the Lord of the Rings Films.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Turangi: Gateway to the Tongariro Region & National Park Riverstone Recommendation

Riverstone Lodge & Backpackers is located in the small town of Turangi, at the southern end of Great Lake Taupo and 400m from the picturesque Tongariro River, which offers some great white water rafting experiences with quality operators. Turangi and the Tongariro region are also world famous for quality trout and fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout.

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Walking, Cycling & Swimming

Lake Rotopounamu is a stunning example of north island native forest, and the Tongariro River Trail – which can also be mountain biked, are recommended. For an alpine environment more similar to the Crossing and good alternatives in poor weather, there are the walks at Whakapapa Village or the Tongariro Traverse. Other walks and mountain biking tracks closer to Ohakune and National Park village could be explored as part of a round the mountain trip.

To the west consider visiting the historic and picturesque settlement of Tokaanu and the Tokaanu Thermal Pools. Further around the lake is Pukawa – where in summer there is good swimming beach – and the on the western bays road to Taupo, the walking or mountain biking track at Waihaha. For those traveling to and from the area be sure to check our suggested travel routes and for those heading north, our information on the journey between Turangi & Rotorua via Taupo.

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Lake Rotopounamu & Te Porere Redoubt Lake Rotopounamu & Te Pōrere Redoubt Forested Lake Walk, Maori Fortifications & Mountain Views Lake Rotopounamu Track Access Lake Rotopounamu and Mt Pi...
Tongariro Alpine Crossing & Walking Tongariro Alpine Crossing Day Walks & Multi Day Treks T he entire Tongariro Region and the Tongariro National Park are a walking and trekking paradise, with th...
Turangi Hot Pools at Tokaanu & Lake Swimming Turangi Hot Pools at Tokaanu Natural Hot Pools, Lake Beaches & Swimming From Turangi Hot Pools to Rotorua there are some of the best options in NZ for a therma...
Turangi & Surrounds Turangi Township Gateway to the Tongariro National Park Turangi is a small town of 3600 people and Gateway to the Tongariro National Park and Tongariro Alpine Cros...
Tongariro & Taupo Bike Trails & Cycling Tongariro Bike Trails Short, Day & Multi Day Rides There are a variety of Tongariro bike trails in the Tongariro region, the areas around Taupo township, the w...