Tongariro National Park was established in 1887, one of the first national parks in the world.
The park is 800 square km and has 3 active volcanoes: Tongariro, Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom in “The Lord of the Rings" films) and Ruapehu with its ski slopes.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing trail passes the Emerald Lakes and boiling mud pools, culminating at still-active Red Crater.
It has winter sports such as skiing on both sides of Ruapehu mountain, cycle and hiking trails, fishing, river excitements including canoeing and camping, white water rafting, etc.
Park wildlife includes the brown kiwi and the whio, or blue duck and the Tongariro River has rapids and trout fishing.