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  1. Visit Ruapehu
  2. Explore the Region

Explore the Region

World renowned Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park set the backdrop for a truly unique New Zealand experience. Situated just south of Lake Taupō, Ruapehu with its dramatic volcanic landscapes, lush native forests and spiritual rivers epitomise New Zealand's pure outdoors.

Ruapehu is the only area in New Zealand where you can experience such dramatic volcanic landscapes of the Tongariro National Park World Heritage site and, within the same area, immerse yourself in the lush dense forest of the Whanganui National Park. The power of the mountains in the Tongariro National Park coupled with the mighty Whanganui River will leave you energised and refreshed. 

Getting Here

Ruapehu is located in the centre of New Zealand's North Island halfway between Auckland and Wellington - both less than 4 hours drive.

Kiwirail operates scenic rail services between Auckland and Wellington, with stops at National Park Village and Ohakune, and national bus operators offer daily services to the area. Closest airports are Taupo, Whanganui and Palmerston North.

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    Things to see and do

    Whether it’s adrenaline you’re after or relaxing with a good coffee enjoying the scenery, Ruapehu boasts easily accessible, family friendly activities to suit all palates.

  • The Rocks at Tongariro Suites - Horopito

    Where to Stay

    Wake up in the peaceful surroundings of a National Park. Check out the range of accommodation available in Ruapehu.

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