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  1. Visit Ruapehu
  2. Getting Here & Around
  3. Weather


From a thick blanket of snow, to long lazy Summer days, the Ruapehu region is an all seasons destination, boasting activities and attractions to suit every climate.

A crisp cover of Winter snow eventually gives way to the blossoms, berries and colour of Spring, then heats through long lazy Summer days to finally cool again, revealing the classic Autumn alpine colour of a majestic New Zealand landscape.

It’s important to note that regardless of the season and time of year, temperatures around the mountains can be extremely volatile and we recommend carrying both warm and weatherproof clothing if you’re planning an outdoor activity in the Tongariro National Park.

For outdoor pursuits that don’t involve snow, Summer is the busy season, running from December to February. With an average maximum temperature sitting between 20 to 30° C, you can hike, bike, canoe, kayak or raft your way around the area. Take in a game of golf and enjoy the summer café scene. Try your luck trout fishing, or picnic beside the pristine mountain fed rivers, then cool off in one of the many deep swimming holes.

Autumn provides a cooler option for the classic walks and cycle ways, with the once lush green flora giving way to a veritable explosion of colour.  The season runs from March to May with an average maximum temperature of around 20 to 25° C.

Take in the beauty of this marvelous winter wonderland, with snow capped volcanoes jutting up from the desert, at the bottom of the world. Ski, snowboard or toboggan your way down the slopes in winter from June to August, with an average maximum temperature between 0 to 15° C.

When the farms are teeming with bouncing lambs, the gardens are bursting with colour and the native birds are feasting on berry buds, you know Spring is here. With an average max temperature between 15 and 20° C, Summer is just around the corner.

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