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Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre (Whakapapa Visitor Centre)

Whakapapa Village State Highway 48, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7-892 3729
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Whakapapa Village State Highway 48, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7-892 3729
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Spent far too much money on lovely things and found out about some wonderful walks in the lunar landscape under the mountain!

Thank nzmermaidnz
Reviewed 1 week ago

This visitors centre is literally the centre for all things tongaririo. Most importantly they give great advise and information for tramping and walking in the national park. Don't head off into the wilderness without stopping here first. You will get the latest weather updates, track...More

Thank genieNZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit this place if you want to do day walks as they will give you good advise. This is also the starting place of most day walks. They have a free display of the tongariro volcano's.

Thank David_TanPuchong
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked up during a break in the weather and were very happily surprised at the exhibits and interesting material for visitors. Wished here had been a funky coffee cart of the like there too.

Thank nzdarl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we visited this centre after going to the top of Mt. Ruapehu. It was very interesting to read some of their info there.

Thank Virginie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

VERY nice knowledgeable polite and helpful people gave us excellent options for things to do on multiple days.

Thank grantmooresydney
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Don't forget to drop into the visitor centre before you go off on your adventures. The staff here offer you amazing free advice and their local knowledge is second to none. if the weather has got you beat then see the team and they are...More

Thank Nathan M
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

A visit is a must - lots of history and information is available. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank Maree C
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Very helpful staff. Lots to look at and maps/clothing etc for purchase for the area. Lots of history to read up on regarding tracks and the last eruption etc.

Thank Jenflipcow
Reviewed 16 May 2017

lots of information about the park, its history, geology and animals, with staff who understand the difference between "walk" and "tramp".

Thank AnnetteRM2015
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I am planning to visit in March next year, so I am curious to know what other walks you would recommend for 3 or 4 days in the area. Hoping to book in to do the circuit and another walk, just not sure which one! In May I completed the Routeburn and am eager to do more!
12 June 2017|
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Response from stegeb | Reviewed this property |
The Taranaki Falls walk is a really nice half day or so walk that we never tire of We also like the loop from the visitors centre to the Whakapapaiti Hut it can be done i a day or as an overnight - ideally get a lift up the... More
Hello. We are planning to drive from Wellington to Auckland in mid July, stopping over in Tongariro National Park for our last two nights in NZ. We have a an afternoon flight (4pm departure) to catch from Auckland on the last day. Can someone tell me what's the driving conditions like during that time of the year? I am a bit concern of snow and possible road closure, etc. Do we have sufficient time to drive from Tongariro to Auckland airport on our last day? Thanks heaps!
14 January 2017|
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Response from Roberto R | Reviewed this property |
Driving conditions in July are excellent . Consider an average speed of 80km/h for your time schedule . Have a nice one
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I want to do the volcanic short walks at Mt Ruapehu. How far is that from your site? I assume you can take a chair lift to the start point? I plan to arrive Apr 2016. I assume you will still be able to hike at this time?
28 January 2016|
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Response from SJPONeill | Property representative |
The sightseeing chairlift on Mount Ruapehu runs from the top of the Bruce Road on Whakapapa ski field (6km up the road from the Visitor Centre in Whakapapa Village) at 1100m to Knoll Ridge Café at 2000m. From the Café you... More