The mountainous Tongariro National Park has three active volcanoes – Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro – and is recognised as a dual World Heritage Area for its treasured natural and cultural values.
Tongariro’s Ngati Tuwharetoa people gave their three sacred mountains to the New Zealand nation in 1887, to protect their natural and spiritual heritage. It was the first national park gifted to a country by an indigenous people and only the fourth national park to be established in the world.
Today, the 80,000 hectare (197,700 acre) park is explored and enjoyed by hikers, cyclists, skiers, botanists, geologists and nature lovers all year round.
Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand’s most famous volcano, has expansive ski areas, including the world’s only ski-field within 500 metres (1,640 feet) of an active volcanic crater.