Caring for our Environment

New Zealand’s National Parks represent a glimpse of our environment as it once was. They form cultural icons that connect the people to the land.

Tongariro National Park was established in 1887. It was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. The area is beautifully stark and rugged with its dramatic, volcanic-formed landscape incorporating mountain peaks, alpine herb fields, native trees, lakes, streams and desert-like land. 

Its Dual World Heritage status was inscribed on the World Heritage List which recognises the spectacular physical landscape and ecosystems and its cultural and spiritual significance to Ngāti Tūwharetoa (the local Māori tribe) and symbolises the spiritual links between this community and their environment.

We respectfully request that all visitors adhere to the following Environmental Care Code to ensure every user can enjoy the area for generations to come:

  • “Pack it in, pack it out” whatever you take in / bring  in, please take it out with you when you go including any rubbish you may have
  • Please use the available toilets when you need to go 
  • Help protect the waterways by not entering the sacred lakes and streams
  • Help protect plants and animals by keeping to the established tracks
  • Camp carefully
  • Consider others
  • Leave the land undisturbed
  • Please do not walk or climb in the summit area (the peaks).