Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park, established in 1887 and a UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1991, lies in the heart of the North Island, just to the south of Lake Taupo. It is about 350km south of Auckland and about the same distance north of Wellington.Tongariro National Park headquarters and visitor center at Whakapapa provides general information, maps and descriptions of the various paths and trails.
Turoa - Turoa Skiing Area
Te Porere Pa
The road to this fortified Maori village on the western edge of the national park is signposted on Highway 47 (Turangi). Here in 1869 Te Kooti was defeated in the last great battle of the land wars. The defenses have been partly demolished.
To the west of Rangipo, on Lake Rotoaira, is the Poutu Redoubt, the base for the British attack on Te Kooti's stronghold of Te Porere Pa.
The Raurimu Spiral is a remarkable feat of railroad engineering that achieves a sharp descent of 200m in one complete circle, three horseshoe curves and two tunnels.
The Makatote Viaduct crosses a valley between Pokaka and Erua. Constructed in 1908, it was last viaduct on the main line between Auckland and Wellington. Highway 4 runs under the viaduct.
More Tongariro National Park Pictures