"The volcanic peaks of Tongariro" New Zealand Things to Do Tip by manil51

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The volcanic peaks of Tongariro is New Zealand's best known national park, and has many striking qualities. The park is one of New Zealand's two World Heritage sites, and is considered by UNESCO to be of outstanding universal value. The park showcases the volcanic peaks of Tongariro, Ngaurahoe and Ruapehu (there are 7 main volcanoes in the park.) At 2797 metres, Ruapehu is the tallest mountain in the North Island.

There is a well established system of huts and tracks in the area, as well as some short tracks for nature walks and picnics. The crater lake at the top of Mount Ruapehu is especially worth the climb. It forms a large, hot water lake that lets off steam (quite violently at times). If you are not a super-tramper you can take the ski lifts on the Whakapapa ski field up as far as they'll go and then trek up to the top from there. In the winter you can carry your skis up and then ski down across some really beautiful mountainside. The crater lake is breathtaking, especially in the winter.

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  • Updated Mar 15, 2005
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