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Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre (Whakapapa Visitor Centre)

State Highway 48 | Whakapapa Village, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7-892 3729
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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 accommodation, activities, transport and more.
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State Highway 48 | Whakapapa Village, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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+64 7-892 3729
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"helpful staff"
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"tongariro national park"
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"volcanic activity"
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"informative displays"
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"for sale"
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"weather conditions"
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Reviewed yesterday 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

Thank Hans Rudolf H
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were mainly looking for small trails to walk. The staff provided us with a little slip of paper and plenty of options. Exactly what we were after!

Thank Jonathan W
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Reviewed 13 July 2018

It was wonderful to be in Happy Valley and slide down on a blow-up donut. Everyone there was happy and we have wonderful memories of fun and laughter.

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

There is so much to see at the visitors centre, displays on the various walking options from the short 20 -30 minute options through to the overnight options, as well as plenty of information about the volcano and the various eruptions that have occurred. The...More

2  Thank Lyndam135
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

We had limited time, since we could not do the crossing, at least we could get a glimpse of what it looks like at this visitor center. Lots of photographs and information. Very artistically presented and a very interesting place.

1  Thank itcheetam
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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Great information and really helpful staff. We enjoyed the range of information, and the way it was laid out. Wonderful setting!

Thank Philip B
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

Was with a group completing a crossing to Waihohonu Hut. Had to turn back due to one of party having injury from previous day that was aggravating him during tramp, and didn't want it to get worse. Upon arriving at visitor centre, tried to contact...More

Thank BruceHendrie
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

We hiked one-half of the Alpine Crossing due to expected bad weather. More than enough, about 19K. We hike up to the lakes and then back. Need to be in shape for the climb, but not overly difficult. Spectacular setting and scenery. From lush and...More

1  Thank glenn s
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Like any other DOC center in New Zealand, this one too is a haven of information, helpful staff and great learning center. The staff has the latest information regarding the weather, trail conditions, safeties, etc and please you must inform them before starting a hike....More

Thank Satyabrata
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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Great helpful team. The displays and interactive displays are very informative but also get the kids interested in what the area has to offer. From an adult point of view very helpful and informative, talk to these guys if thinking of doing the crossing outside...More

Thank Keith W
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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
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Response from Roberto R | Reviewed this property |
Driving conditions in July are excellent . Consider an average speed of 80km/h for your time schedule . Have a nice one
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