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21 March 2017 Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the Whanganui River Be inspired to visit Ruapehu with the 2017 version of our visitor guide.

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09 March 2017 Sought after tourism accommodation opens on the Timber Trail  “This lodge is just what the Timber Trail needs to take it from good to great amongst New Zealand’s best cycle ways.”

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02 January 2017  Simon Maude bridges time on the Whanganui River [the Bridge to Nowhere]...Straddling a sheer gully, it looks like it should be arching over  Auckland city's Grafton Gully, not on an impossibly isolated Whanganui tributary.

Check out the story here

14 December 2016 Mt Ruapehu's Happy Valley to be relaunched in 2017 “This is an exciting period in the history of RAL as we embark on the biggest investment programme since our incorporation in 1953.  With $21 million of new capital committed in the past 18 months, our 2017 pass holders have a lot to look forward to!  We have carefully selected a range of investments which appeal to the changing needs of our domestic and international markets, always thoughtful of our shared role as kaitiaki of this sacred place.  A range of operational excellence initiatives complement the capital works programme, and for 2017 that will mean considerable growth in employment at all 3 ski areas as we focus on lifting service levels.  Investment of this scale is not just significant for the Ruapehu District, ‘New Zealand Inc.’ also benefits from the re-emergence of dual world heritage listed Tongariro National Park as a premier international destination”, says RAL CEO Ross Copland.

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03 December 2016 Ruapehu well place to benefit from tourism growth

“Ruapehu is extremely well-placed to benefit from the growth in both international and domestic expenditure,” said Visit Ruapehu Chief Executive Claire McKnight. “By aligning our strategy with the national vision for Tourism 2025 and beyond we are able to work in parallel with both TIA and Tourism NZ.” “Combined with the Accelerate25 Regional Action plan opportunities Ruapehu tourism’s future is looking very exciting.”Mrs McKnight said.

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12 November 2016 Travelling on the edge

Adventure travel usually means cycling and trekking but if you're in Ruapehu it also means doing these things on an active volcano!

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25 October 2016 Tongariro Alpine Crossing demands respect
“It is one of New Zealand’s most picturesque spots, its stunning but the mountains demand respect and you must give it"

Tongariro Crossing demands respect.pdf (217KB)

18 September 2016 Simon Maude writes about his family trip to Ruapehu 
'Driving down from Auckland there's this spot just after Taumarunui where you get your first glimpse of snow-capped Mt Ruapehu - it's a sight that always sends my spirits soaring.'
Enjoy the full story here 

12 August 2016 Ruapehu Cycle Extension Planned
Prime Minister John Key today announced the Government has set aside $2 million to extend the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail from Turoa to Ohakune. The proposed new trail will be partially funded through the National Cycleway Fund and is part of the Manawatu-Whanganui Economic Action Plan which aims to boost the region's economy, increasing jobs, income and investment. For the full story click here

08 August 2016 Bluebird Skiing at Mt Ruapehu 
It’s a winter wonderland at Mt Ruapehu, with excellent conditions for skiers and snowboarders and fine, clear weather expected for the next two to three days.  With the cold snap and snow storms over the past couple of weeks there is now fantastic coverage at both Whakapapa (244cm snow base) and Turoa (225cm snow base).

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 “We have the best snow coverage we’ve seen in years, and combined with the brilliant clear skies, we’ve got conditions not to be missed. Whether you’re planning to ski, board or just visit the alpine environment, now’s the right time to be here,” says Dave Mazey, CEO of RAL. “Skiers can also look forward to the Far West T Bar opening for the first time this season within the coming week.

 Next weekend (20/21 August), the Turoa Slopestyle and Subaru Top Weekend will be held at Turoa Ski Area. Skiiers and snowboarders will vie for the title of the 2016 Turoa Slopestyle champion, competing over rails, jumps and other features, and Subaru drivers will be treated to the first 200 carparks on a first-come, first-served basis each day.

 For real-time snow progress, live webcams show up-to-the minute updates for both Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas. For more information, visit

31 July 2016: Two metre base at Mt Ruapehu
With the storm which has hit the North Island over the last few days Whakapapa Ski area now has a snow base of over 2 metres, and Turoa is reaching similar levels.
Today saw the mountain closed due to blizzard conditions, but "...once the storm cycle clears we expect we're going to have some epic skiing and boarding." said Anna McLaren, Ruapehu Alpine Limited's Marketing Manager.

29 July 2016: Digital Marketing Coordinator Job Vacancy
A fantastic opportunity to join our team in marketing one of NZ's premier outdoor destinations. Visit Ruapehu is Ruapehu's Regional Tourism Organisation and is responsible for marketing the destination of Ruapehu to both domestic and international visitors. With iconic attractions like the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Mt Ruapehu and the Whanganui River

25 July 2016: 36 Hours in Ruapehu
No business like snow business? In Ruapehu that's not strictly true, as Richard Mays from learns when visiting Ruapehu with its Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park, Mt Ruapehu Ski areas Turoa and Whakapapa and so much more. Read article here

12 July 2016: Skiing on an active volcano
"Surrounded by the barren Rangipo Desert, this giant of the North Island Volcanic Plateau stands at 2797 metres. Jutting out from tussock-covered flats, it’s the highest peak in the North Island; seemingly all the more impressive from its desolate surroundings" 

10 July 2016: Tongariro Mountain Adventure
Andrew Gillick braves the weather and discovers a new side to the Tongariro National Park in winter. "In the icy clutches of the mountain, stomping through rain and mist, it felt surprisingly normal, even natural." Read the full story here.

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