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Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre (Whakapapa Visitor Centre)

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Located in the heart of the Tongariro National Park, Whakapapa i-SITE (Tongariro Visitor Centre) provide expert local knowledge and free, objective advice on travel throughout the Ruapehu Region and New Zealand. We provide booking services for...more
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
State Highway 48 | Whakapapa Village, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7-892 3729
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The visitor centre had some interesting displays and information about the area and wildlife, including previous volcanic eruptions. Some nice things in the shop too.

Thank ladybugsSydney
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very well organized. Great helpful young crowd always willing to help. We were there as a family with a child. Even though we did not ski we did take the chairlift to the top. Was great fun

Thank deendayals2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The visitor center info was very helpful and when we were told we could drive further up another 6km, we were surprised it 59. Mt Ruapehu Ski Field! There was still snow and many were still skiing and snowboarding away! Wow! Amazing view!

Thank tripreview777
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of interesting information. Spent about an hour reading/watching the displays but then got interrupted by a very large school group. Found some great nz walking pamphlets for future reference.

Thank w00fies
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Very helpful to get a map because there is not much mobile reception in the area so be careful to know where you're going and that someone is expecting you back.

Thank see-swim-hike
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Fantastic area. My wife and I went in Winter and the weather ended up being terrible but we still did a couple of the shorter walks and loved it. On a sunny summers day the walks and treks around this area would be really something...More

Thank DanEames
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

We called in for some advice on a track to the waterfall, the staff where amazing they proved accurate information and clear directions. They answered all of our questions and made some great suggestion on things to do

Thank BrettH1300
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Love this walk ... great waterfall and good photos. I have taken a swim in the waterfall pool in the summer, but did not try it this time... it is winter and plenty of snow. Even in the summer it is mountain water cold, but...More

Thank wwilberforce
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Ski field was closed so visited the centre to look for info re walks and info about national park. Was really informative and interesting.

Thank Robyn B
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

To do the Tongariro crossing, everywhere are announcements for transports from the arrival back to the starting point car park. No one was able to organize this transport! Even no taxi service was available. Very underdevelopped tourist region. We had to hitch hike from the...More

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Mia F
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Response from Philip B | Reviewed this property |
Yes There are several options. Across the road, on the side of the road (outside the centre), and up the side road (just before the centre).
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