The Ruapehu region is a haven for trampers and hikers.
There are few places in the world where you have the choice of short and multi-day hikes in not one but two national parks; Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park. The Tongariro National Park holds dual status as a World Heritage area.
New Zealand's Nine Great Walks
New Zealand's nine Great Walks are premier tracks that pass through diverse and spectacular scenery. From native forests, lakes and rivers to rugged mountain peaks, deep gorges and vast valleys. Two of these spectacular walks are found right here in the Ruapehu region, the Tongariro Northern Circuit and the Whanganui Journey.
Most popular walks
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
This is popularly regarded as one of the world’s great one day walks. Starting from Mangatepopo this walk features spectacular views, volcanic landscape and emerald green coloured crater lakes. A strenuous seventeen kilometre trek, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is usually hiked from November to May and takes around 8 hours. More Tongariro Alpine Crossing information ►
Mt Ruapehu Crater Climb
Ascending to one of the five summits of the largest mountains outside of the Southern Alps, you will view the largest Crater Lake on New Zealand’s active Mt Ruapehu volcano. The Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Experience has got to be one of the best one day guided hikes you can do. Starting at Whakapapa ski area, take the chairlift to 2020 meters above sea level past ancient lava flows that have been carved out by glaciation in the last 300,000 years. Hike to Restful Ridge (about 2 hours) where the Ruapehu Crater Lake can be viewed. Then it's off back down through one of the glacial valleys that usually contains snow until February. The best time to climb to the Crater Lake is December to April. Allow a full day. A reasonable level of fitness is required with the ability to walk five hours with rest stops. Check out more information on the Mt Ruapehu Crater Climb here.
Other short walks within Tongariro National Park :
- Ohakune Old Coach Road follows a historic cobble road to the original Hapuawhenua Viaduct, Ohakune - Horopito
- Skyline Ridge is just a short walk from the Knoll Ridge Cafe, Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu
- Meads Wall a marked trail starting from the top of the mountain road, Whakapapa
- Waitonga Falls Ohakune Mountain Road, Ohakune
- Taranaki Falls Whakapapa Village
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