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Central Plateau & Tongariro National Park

 

A UNESCO dual World Heritage area, Tongariro National Park was New Zealand's first National Park and the fourth in the world in 1887. With outstanding volcanic features, it is home to the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a 17km one day hike, Round the Mountain track, Ruapehu Crater Lake Climb and many other shorter walks near Whakapapa Village.

 

Nearby Mt Ngauruhoe made it's international film debut as Mt Doom in Lord of The Rings Trilogy. Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe are two of the most active composite volcanoes in the world, however the most recent eruptions were Tongariro in August and November 2012.

 

The Park is home to this country's largest ski fields, best between June-August. New Zealand's longest river the Waikato starts on the slopes of Mt Tongariro (also referred to as the Upper Waikato Stream) before flowing into Lake Taupo and out again North West (425 Km's combined). Being world famous for trout fishing..

  • Whakapapa

    Whakapapa

    Skiing the country's largest fields is a must.

  • Fly Fishing

    Fly Fishing

    Great Lake Taupo has some of the best fishing in New Zealand and the world. Nowhere else can offer such diversity of fly fishing in such a small region.

     

    From world-class rainbow trout spawning rivers, to volcanic lakes, to monster brown trout streams to breathtaking wilderness rivers - Great Lake Taupo has it all!

     

    The many streams and tributaries in Great Lake Taupo combine to provide trout with an outstanding spawning habitat and protected areas for young fish to grow. The lower parts of the main rivers are open to trout fishing all year round.

     

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