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National Park Guide

Tongariro National Park

The Tongariro National Park was New Zealand’s first national park, and is a Dual World Heritage Area. The park was created in 1887 when Te Heuheu Tukino IV, paramount chief of the Ngati Tuwharetoa, gifted its three volcanoes, Ruapehu, Tongariro, and Ngauruhoe, to the people of New Zealand. Ruapehu is the most active of the volcanoes. It has a simmering crater lake and last erupted in 2007 sending a mudflow of debris down the mountain.

Now entering Mordor

Fans of the Lord of the Rings films will most likely recognise many places in Tongariro National Park. The stark and slightly eerie volcanic plateau scenery made it the perfect location for filming many of the Mordor scenes. The most obvious example is Mt Ngauruhoe, which served as the infamous ‘Mt Doom’ in the films. Another one popular with fans is Tawhai Falls, which is the waterfall where Gollum caught a fish. 

Must do: Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing - New Zealand's most popular one-day walk.

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North Island Tours & Travel Passes


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READ OUR BLOG: Where to Ski and Snowboard with Stray

You can hit some of New Zealand's best fields using your Stray pass and complete the ultimate NZ ski tour!

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Mountain Biking

My Kiwi Adventure offers different Mountain Biking tours around NZ's Tongariro World Heritage National Park.

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Adrift Tongariro Crossing

One of Stray's most popular activities is the "Tongariro Crossing." This hike is 19.4kms over through the Tongariro National Park, home to three active volcanoes!

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Tawhai Falls

Tawhai Falls is a 13 metre high waterfall located in Tongariro National Park and the filming location of Gollum’s pool.

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Tama Lakes

The Tama Lakes are two crater lakes in New Zealand's Tongariro National Park.

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Stand up Paddleboard

My Kiwi Adventure offers unique paddle boarding at the world famous Tongariro National Park!

Accommodation The Park

The Park Hotel Ruapehu

The Park Hotel, Ruapehu is Stray Journey's preferred accommodation provider in National Pa...

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Pukenui Lodge

The Lodge offers a ‘home away from home’ and is one of the warmest accommodations in the alpine Tongariro region!

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Snowy Waters Lodge

Stray will be staying here from the 1 November 2017. Until then Stray overnights at Pukenu...