Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro National Park INTRODUCTION
Recognized as a dual world heritage area and covering 797 sq km, the Tongariro National Park area combines three of New Zealand’s noteworthy volcanoes: Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu.
Full of tramping tracks ripe for exploration, you can wind through stunted beech forest, trek past steaming craters and even ski the most amazing natural terrain in the country, season permitting.
A trip across all three mountains can also be done in one day on the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
For the indigenous Māori people, these contrasting landscapes hold strong spiritual significance.
Legend has it that high priest Ngatoroirangi was frozen while exploring the mountain, and had his prayers for fire answered through what we now call the Pacific Rim of Fire.
In present day, you may recognize both Mount Raupehu and Mount Ngauruhoe from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which were featured as Mordor and Mount Doom, respectively.
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