The Tongariro National Park, located in the Taupo region, is a World Heritage Park and one of the oldest National Parks in the world.
The park contains three superb volcanoes – Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe. The area gets regular snowfalls in the winter as it is positioned at high height above sea level. Mt Ruapehu is the largest volcano and home to most of the ski-fields in the North Island. The downside is that this volcano erupts regularly and you need to check on its activity before you visit. Another volcano, Mt Ngauruhoe is right next to Mt Ruapehu and also worth visiting while in the area. The Tongariro Crossing is a hard one day walk. It is worth doing as it you will experience some of the amazing things the park has to offer.
Hiking is the best way to appreciate the unusual beauty of the Tongariro National Park.