Established in 1887 Tongariro was the first UNESCO World Heritage National Park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. While exploring the region, you will be lost for words at every turn by the stunning scenery portraying wildlife, volcanoes, luminous lakes, and so much more.
As it is a National Park, you will find it scenic and tranquil here, a world away from the overcrowded or overdeveloped places of the western world. Nevertheless, the necessary facilities like medical centres, petrol stations and supermarkets can still easily be found with a number of villages and small towns around.
These include Whakapapa Village, Turangi (49 km from Whakapapa), National Park Village (15 km from Whakapapa), Ohakune (45 km from Whakapapa), Taumarunui, and Raetihi (45 km from Whakapapa).
While on multi day hikes in the National Park, there is a range of huts en-route for shelter at night. Most of the huts are not serviced and very basic, offering no more than bunk beds, mattresses, and heating. Some of them have cooking facilities.