This status recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features. Public Act 1980 No 66. Tongariro is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. The first ski hut was built in 1923 A.D at an elevation of 1770 m, thereafter a road, and, in 1938, a ski lift in the area. Bylaw 2 camping site: substituted, on 2 January 1997, by bylaw 2(2) of the Tongariro National Park Bylaws 1981, Amendment No 4 (SR 1996/362). This act by the Crown began a process whereby the authority of Ngāti Tuwharetoa over their involvement, guardianship and protection of their taonga (treasured heritage) in the Tongariro National Park has been greatly reduced. Contents. Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint. Commencement see section 1(2) Note. 1993. This Act is administered by the Department of Conservation. Road construction into Whakapapa valley had already begun in the 1920s. Throughout the 20th century, several geological surveys gradually advanced and expanded the park until it reached it's current size of nearly 80,000 ha. National Parks Act 1980. The act also made it become a matter of 'public work' and 'under the control of the Governor'. Top Tongariro National Park Hiking Trails: See reviews and photos of hiking trails in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand on Tripadvisor. The second Tongariro National Park Act, in 1922 A.D, started some active conservation efforts, but it was not until 1931 that the first permanent park ranger began work. In 1894, the Tongariro National Park Act increased the park's size to nearly 25,000 ha. Bylaw 2 parking place: inserted, on 12 June 1981, by bylaw 2 of the Tongariro National Park Bylaws 1981, Amendment No 1 (SR 1981/132). Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

Date of assent 17 December 1980.