About The Mountains

The Tongariro National Park is centred around 3 magnificent volcanoes: Tongariro, Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings filming locations) and Ruapehu.

When Horonuku Te Heu Heu Tukino gifted Tongariro to the people of New Zealand, he was also gifting it to the people of the world.

The volcanoes of the National Park are unique because of the frequency of eruptions, their highly explosive nature, and the high density of active vents. Ruapehu, Tongariro & Ngauruhoe are three of New Zealands most continuously active volcanoes.

Another outstanding natural feature is the unusual interplay of volcanic and glacial processes on Ruapehu. Its Crater Lake is one of only two of its type in the world where magma and glacial meltwater interact to gives rise to spectacular eruptions. To really experience the power and beauty of these amazing volcanic wonders, you just have to be here!

ruapehu map