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The region is abundant with volcanic mountains, emerald lakes, ski fields, and is home to The Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks which hold a Dual status as a World Heritage Area
An exciting ‘add on’ to the Thermal Explorer Highway. Heading south, the eastern shores of Lake Taupo offer many opportunities to swim or picnic. Head west at Turangi and follow State Highway 47 to National Park Village. Travel south to Ohakune on State Highway 49 and on to Waiouru. From there head north back to Turangi, completing the loop. Along the way you’ll pass the three mountains of the dual world heritage Tongariro National Park – Mt Tongariro, Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe.