National Parks
Mount Ruaphehu
Lord of the Rings

As one of the most raw and contrasting landscapes in New Zealand and with three active volcanoes towering above a rugged wonderland of golden tussocks, rushing rivers and shimmering lakes, there are countless reasons to visit Tongariro National Park.

Here are five that are sure to entice you to this fabulously unique UNESCO Site.

Lord of the Rings
Mount Cook

Tolkien’s imaginary world, full of sky-piercing pinnacles, mystical fiords and endearing forests, was brought to life amongst New Zealand’s scenery in the movies of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. We’ve handpicked some of the best filming locations from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to show you how to experience the real Middle-earth on your New Zealand vacation.

See more about experiencing Lord of the Rings and Hobbit on our tours.