Their summits are the North Island's premier alpine wilderness; many North Island climbers first learned their craft here, whether on ice, rock or snow.

This guide spans the range of climbing opportunities Tongariro National Park provides. Ruapehu, especially, is world-famous as a skier's mountain, and opportunities for ski-mountaineering away from the big fields are described. But it is also the first ever detailed guide to alpine routes and technical ice climbs. The rich tradition of rock climbing in the park is celebrated, from the early twentieth century pioneers on Holl's Rock to modern test pieces in the Whakapapa Gorge. The book is illustrated with images from some of New Zealand's top outdoor photographers, and topographical maps and photo-topos show the routes in detail.

Whatever kind of climbing adventure you are planning in the national park, this book will provide information and inspiration.