Tongariro National Park, New Zealand: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Tongariro National Park, New Zealand? If you're planning to go to Tongariro National Park, I have some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Based on the climate and weather in Tongariro National Park, the best time to go is February. See below for details.

Important essentials for Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Tongariro National Park, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

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  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards may wear away. An unreadable vaccine card can have severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection you can have.

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good plane-friendly choice.


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.

General health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas may have unreliable tap water, so it's useful to have an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a great kit.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for Tongariro National Park, New Zealand by month

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January

January for Tongariro National Park is chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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February

Traveling to Tongariro National Park in February, you will notice that it is chilly and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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March

March in Tongariro National Park is relatively cool and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about half of the time.

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April

April in Tongariro National Park is cool and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about half of the time. There is frost sometimes.

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May

May in Tongariro National Park can be brisk and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about two thirds of the time. There is frost 5-10 days this month.

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June

If you are traveling to Tongariro National Park in June, you will notice that it can be very chilly and very rainy. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C). There is frost about half of the time.

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July

If you go to Tongariro National Park in July, you will notice that it is brisk and very rainy. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C). There is frost about half of the time.

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August

August in Tongariro National Park is brisk and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain about two thirds of the time. There is frost about half of the time.

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September

If you go to Tongariro National Park in September, you will notice that it is pretty cool and very rainy. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C). There is frost a bit less than half of the time.

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October

October is cold and very rainy. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. There is frost regularly. It rains about two thirds of the time.

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November

November in Tongariro National Park can be chilly and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about half of the time. There is frost once in a while.

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December

In December, Tongariro National Park can be chilly and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Tongariro National Park, with more than half of the days of the month having rain.

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Activities for Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Tongariro National Park.

If you go to Whakapapa Visitor Centre (Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre), you're likely to do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.

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