Whakapapa Village is the DOC headquarters in the Park, and the beginning of some excellent day walks...
Alpine Garden (15min) - Varied alpine vegetation
Ridge Walk (40min) -Good views of Village, Ngauruhoe and the west.
Taranaki Falls (2hrs) -Lava Flows, Stream, Alpine Vegetation, Hut, Waterfall.
Silica Rapids (3hrs) -Rivers, Beech Forest, Waterfalls, Silica Springs
The following walks start off Highway 47...
Tawhai Falls (30min) - Lava Flow, waterfall
Lahar Mounds (20min) - Remnant Mudflows
Ohakune on the southern side of the park also provides some excellent day walks...
Waitonga Falls (3hrs) - Sub-alpine vegetation, Waterfall, Lava Flows
Mangawhero Forest (70min)- Giant Rimu trees, Limestone Cliffs, Swamps, Fossils
The Round the Mountain Track (a figure 8 network of tracks through and between the high peaks) provides the main tramping opportunity in the Park. Huts are well equipped, and well placed. The track passes through the most spectacular landscapes in the Park. Trampers can choose everything from long one day to 12 day tramps, dependant on your entry point to the Park.
The most popular section of this track is the "Tongariro Crossing". This commences on the Ketetahi Track from Highway 47, and leads via Blue Lake, Central Crater and South Crater to return to highway 47 via the Mangatepopo track (One Full Day required!)
Tramping can include ascents of Mts Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu.
In winter conditions can become hazardous on higher ground, with deep snow drifts and some avalanche danger on the steeper slopes.
A ROUGH GUIDE TO...
Ohakune, National Park, and Whakapapa Village provides most forms of accommodation to suit most budgets. In winter book ahead, as the ski season causes a lack of availability.
Ohakune provides limited services, including banking, hire equipment, and groceries, National Park provides simple services such as groceries and hire services. Most small towns provide a limited array of "eating out" options.