If your trip to Tongariro is all locked in but your travel itinerary is a little on the empty side, let us give you a helping hand.If you’re eager to see more, Tokaanu Thermal Pools, Lake Rotopounamu and Tongariro National Trout Centre are popular among visitors and within a short drive of the town center.
We know you want to take your new wheels for a spin. How about venturing out on a day trip to Taupo? Just 30 miles away, roll down your windows and feel the breeze in your hair on the way there. Taupo Hot Springs should be at the top of your to-do list here. Huka Falls and Craters of the Moon are fantastic attractions too. Wairakei is another great option. It’s 35 miles away and has a variety of fun things to see and do. Taupo Hot Springs, Huka Falls and Craters of the Moon are just the start.
A rental car allows you to get around easily in Tongariro. If you’re traveling on a shoestring and want to make your budget go further, a mini or a compact is a great choice. These smaller cars are affordable to run and a piece of cake to park. If you’re traveling with the family, a full-size car or an SUV will give you all the space you need.
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to renting a car in Tongariro. From SUVs with space to spare to easy-to-park compacts, you’ll find it all here. Choosing your perfect match depends on how much you’d like to spend and what activities you’ve got planned. There are some road trips that are just begging you to splurge on your dream ride, whereas others don’t need anything more than enough space for your luggage and buddies. The choice is yours.
The left side is where you’ll be driving in Tongariro. Also take note that the controls of your rental vehicle here, like the steering wheel, will be on the opposite side of what you’re used to.
Getting a parking spot in Tongariro is a piece of cake. You don’t need to repeatedly go around the block in dense traffic here — and that’s what the locals love about it. There’s plentiful on and off-street parking to choose from.
While navigating through the streets of Tongariro, keep in mind that the speed limits generally range from 50km/h to 100km/h. Most residential areas are 40km/h unless indicated otherwise.
Normally, one of two things will happen. Your chosen car rental company may bill the amount of the fine to your credit card. This is the usual practice. On the other hand, it may forward your contact information to local authorities so the fine is sent directly to you.
It’s prohibited to use your cell phone while you’re behind the wheel in Tongariro, and you may even be hit with a fine for just handling a phone when you’re in control of a vehicle. That being said, using hands-free or Bluetooth functions is allowed, as long as you stay focused on the road.
The legal BAC (blood alcohol content) limit when operating a vehicle in Tongariro is 0.05%. If you’re planning a big night on the town, leave your car behind and organize a different way of getting home instead.
No, it’s not. In Tongariro, red equals stop, with no exceptions. When approaching a set of traffic lights, always drive at a safe speed so you can easily stop if you need to.
Although there are some exceptions, seat belts are compulsory in Ruapehu District.