Book Review: A Volcanic Guide to Tongariro National Park

Liam Butler

Liam Butler lives in Stoke, the cool part of Nelson. He has been reviewing books, movies and music for a bit of light relief since his student days.

A Volcanic Guide to Tongariro National Park: Volcanoes of the South Wind

by Karen Williams- RRP $39.99


Tongariro National Park is a special place.  That is for sure.  This World Heritage Site is a park where New Zealanders come to ski, hike, bike and immerse themselves in this environment that enthrals on so many levels.



The standard of photography in this Guidebook is exemplified by the above photograph by Sarah Thompson...'A pool of meltwater glistens in a small vent called the Southeast Crater within South Crater and below Mt Ngauruhoe.

With over 250 pages and an easy to use index, this soft cover guidebook is a practical tool for people wanting to learn about the geology, geography and great eruptions that have formed Tongariro National Park.


The above photograph was taken by Harry Keys and shows the 'warm spring water, rich in iron, that has coated rocks along its path in an explosion crater near Lower Emerald Lake'.

For the armchair traveller there are informative snippets about every aspect of the Park.  But it is visitors to the park that will really benefit from this book as its blend of the latest mapping and scientific knowledge will cause them to undoubtedly delve a little deeper into this marvellous park.



Author Karen Williams snapped the these shots of the most popular day walk in New Zealand.  The Tongariro Alpine Crossing Tramping Track.


Karen wisely advises hikers to be prepared for changing weather. Her recommendation of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing Pocket Ranger App shows that this is a guide book that is hot off the press!




The park is a special place for those seeking solitude as well as spending time with family and friends.

Like this guidebook Tonagariro National Park truely has something for everyone.


Sort by
  • New Member says
    I would love to win this book for my daughter, have read the review and followed the information, what a lot of work has gone into this book. The beauty of this is it is in LITTLE OLD NEW ZEALAND enough to make anyone proud. My daughter is IHC (40) her eyes would light up with the opening of this lovely book

Post your comment

Want to have your say?

It's quick, easy and 100% free.


Latest discussions

Endorsed Events

  • SpringBreak FIJI SpringBreak FIJI

    Surrounded by nothing but tranquil water, SpringBreak Fiji brings together the best of everything

  • The Fijian Cup The Fijian Cup

    The Pacific Touch Rugby festival (Fijian Cup and Kava Cup) is underway on November 2, 2017 and with support from Touch Fiji and...

  • Rock Island VANUATU Rock Island VANUATU

    Rock Island is an all inclusive fully immersive travel experience which was brought into the music festival scene by The Rock and...

  • TourismHQ TourismHQ

    With seven years and growing under their belt; TourismHQ has established and continues to deliver on their extensive wealth of...