Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre (Whakapapa Visitor Centre), Whakapapa

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Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre (Whakapapa Visitor Centre) serves as a highly informative gateway to New Zealand's first national park. Exhibits on the area's volcanoes, pre-European Maori mythology and culture, and the park's plant and animal life make an excellent introduction to the local history and geography. As the main entrance to the park, the center offers a wide range of maps and guides, and the expert staff will assist you with any questions regarding routes, hunting and fishing permits, and hut tickets. Arrange your visit to Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre (Whakapapa Visitor Centre) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Whakapapa using our Whakapapa trip itinerary maker app .
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  • Very informative, helpful staff, you will learn a lot about the NP and the volcanoes there.
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  • An extensive range of reference books and information and souvenirs. Clothing available. Staff extremely helpful.  more »
  • Staff are mostly enthusiastic and are mostly willing to help. Prices are quite expensive but as it's a souvenir shop that's the case. Some options for souvenir - but there isn't a lot. Environment is good as it shows the processes of how landforms around the area changed over time. It also tells us about the geology (rocks) of the area. It's a good place to visit, if you're around the area.
  • Great information centre, staff were friendly and very knowledgeable. Lots of information and displays on the volcanic activity and wildlife found in the area. Handy little gift shop for the last minute needs for hiking- hats, sunscreen bags, theramals, etc.
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