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UNESCO World Heritage Site #4 – Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

World Heritage Site #3: Tongariro National Park

World Heritage Site #4: Tongariro National Park

From the World Heritage inscription:

In 1993 Tongariro became the first property to be inscribed on the World Heritage List under the revised criteria describing cultural landscapes. The mountains at the heart of the park have cultural and religious significance for the Maori people and symbolize the spiritual links between this community and its environment. The park has active and extinct volcanoes, a diverse range of ecosystems and some spectacular landscapes.

You have probably seen images from Tongariro National Park before without knowing it. Mt. Ngaruhoe which is inside the park was made famous as the fictional Mt. Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies. It is a popular location for skiing and treking in New Zealand and is one of the highlight of the North Island. It is a day’s drive from Auckland and should be on your list of places to visit if you ever find yourself on the North Island.

View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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  1. Jay Lakbay says:

    Everybody loves to travel. For many people it may be a hobby, for others, it may be for leisure purpose and get a break from their daily routine lives. One way to make your travel memorable and enjoyable is by being accompanied by some of your family members, especially children.

  2. Flug says:

    Hey this is so funny and so smart. New Zealand is so beautiful and I really miss it.
    Hope that I will be back very soon.

  3. Mia says:

    Arh :) I went to NZ last year. Its such a beautiful country.
    If any of you guys ever come visit Wellington a friend if mine lives there – Pete – he runs some of the best pub tours in Wellington. Look him up – I think he’s got like a brochure in the tourist centre..

    Mia from

  4. Liza says:

    What a smart idea!

  5. Tim says:

    Best place to do adventure sports in the world! Simply amazing! Some good blogs here

  6. smitha says:

    very nice pic…….

  7. Redang Island Malaysia says:

    Really a nice view

  8. Flüge says:

    Haha, looks like you are planing something like a “plush troll world domination”. I’m wondering where you have been yet, and where your road leads to.
    Looking forward some other locations!

  9. I need to do something like this. Very cool idea!

  10. I took a road trip in Norway and Sweden with my friend Anna and Tiny Jack Sparrow. Here he is saying “glacial errrrrosion”:

    More at my Norway Flickr set:

    –John at

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