Great Lake Taupo National Parks
New Zealand's national parks contain some of our most treasured wilderness areas and cover more than 30,000 square kilometres, full to the brim with beautiful, natural scenery and walks such as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, ready to explore. Visit one of Great Lake Taupo’s national park if you want to discover the natural soul of the land. The real gems of this country, the national parks preserve the natural heritage, forests, wildlife and landscapes, close to – and in some cases, exactly – as it was before man was here.
Established in 1887, Tongariro National Park was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. It is also a dual World Heritage area, a status which recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features. Tongariro National Park is the home of the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and one of New Zealand's 9 Great Walks - the Tongariro Track Northern Circuit.
This forest park lies to the south of Taupo and is renowned for its beautiful river valleys, wide tussock terrain, grassy flats and gorges. View Kaimanawa Forest Park information and maps
Pureora Forest Park straddles the Hauhungaroa and Rangitoto Ranges between Lake Taupo and Te Kuiti. It is a hidden wonderland of tall trees, clear rivers and rare wildlife. One of the finest examples of rainforest, rich in bird life and ash buried ancient forests. View Pureroa Forest Park information and maps
The Whirinaki Rainforest is a fascinating and educational eco-cultural experience. The natural wilderness of these parks can be seen by tramping, climbing, biking and scenic flights. Take the opportunity to trout fish, hunt, horse trek and study the flora and fauna. This is a wondrous natural environment. See Whirinaki Rainforest information and maps