Great Lake Taupo National Parks

Tongariro National Park

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.

Kaimanawa Forest Park

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

Pureroa Forest Park

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

Whirinaki Rainforest

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

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