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Home to the highest mountain on New Zealand's North Island, the 9,000 feet volcano Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park is one of the highlights of any visit to New Zealand. Centered on the highest village in the country, Whakapapa, the region is a paradise to lovers of the outdoors all year round. Tongariro is the name of one of the 3 massive volcanoes the dominate the area, the others being Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe which made an appearance in "The Lord of the Rings" as Mt Doom. I can assure you that the region is far pleasanter than Mordor though!
With its Department of Conservation (DOC) campsite and hotels including the rather imposing looking Grand Chateau Hotel, Whakapapa is a good place to base oneself. Being able to watch the sunset over Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe is good enough reason anyway. Other centres are National Park Village, Ohakune and Waiouru reached along the so
called Desert Road to the south. Turangi by the shores of Lake Taupo is a larger town with more shops and accommodation options but is also further from the centre of the park.
Some budget accommodation includes:
|YHA National Park Backpackers & Climbing Wall||Finlay Street, P.O.Box 89||HOSTEL||80|
|National Park Hotel and Hostel||61 Carroll street PO Box 60 National Park Village||Hostel||-|
|The Crossing Backpackers||Erua||HOSTEL||-|
|The Park||Cnr Millar Street and State Highway 4 National Park||HOSTEL||86|
|Howards Lodge||11-13 Caroll Street||Hotel||-|
|Ski Haus||Carroll St PO Box 79 National Park||HOSTEL||85|
|Plateau Lodge||17 carroll street, National Park village||HOSTEL||86|
|Howards Mountain Lodge||43 - 45 Carroll Street National Park Village||HOSTEL||-|
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