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Golf & Other Sports

Though anchored by the famous walks, cycle ways and snow sports of the region, Ruapehu is also home to a wide range of other sporting activities. With it’s uniquely rugged landscape providing the backdrop, Ruapehu’s hunting, horse trekking, motor biking and four wheel driving are second to none.

Check out the information here about  Golf, Horse Riding, 4WD, Hunting 

Golf

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With a stunning volcanic backdrop, the Ruapehu region boasts some world class alpine golfing.

In the heart of the Ruapehu district, just five minutes drive from Ohakune town centre lies the Waimarino Golf Club boasting an NZGA rating of 71.9. With a spectacular mountain setting, this par 71, 18 hole championship course is one of the highest rating golf courses in the Manawatu and Whanganui area. For full information on this well kept family friendly course, click here.

With over 400 courses in the country, the Tarrangower Golf Course is rated as one of New Zealands top 50. Dating back to the early 1920’s Tarrangower has developed into one of the most attractive all weather courses in the country, featuring 18 holes of park like, undulating fairways and pristine greens

4WD

With a ruggedly diverse alpine landscape, the Ruapehu region has some testing access tracks for four wheel driving. Whether it's to get to your favourite camping or fishing spot, to view the scenery, or to really crank things up, there are tracks to suit just about every level of four wheel drive enthusiast.

With great power comes great responsibility. The Ruapehu region is home to a number of other recreation activities, not to mention housing two world renowned national parks and conservation areas. It's important to drive with care at all times, care for the other people using the parks and care for the parks themselves. Don’t forget to buckle up!

Click here to check out a truly spectacular 4wd quad experience.

Horse Riding

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Today horses are still popular in the region, but more so for sport than for work. Dressage, polocrosse and hunting are all popular saddle sports and you can also see them displaying their skills at local rodeos and the New Zealand A&P (Agricultural & Pastoral) shows.

Not only is a guided horse trek a special and unique experience, the horse owners will also share their deep love and respect for the animal along with one or two of the better kept secrets that the Ruapehu bush has to offer.

Hunting

With an unparalleled alpine forest and a volcanic, rangey landscape, the Ruapehu region has some world class hunting on offer. The extensive canopy is home to wild goat, turkey, pig, red stag and fallow deer, where fair chase and free range hunting is available for those inclined.Self directed bow and rifle hunting is allowed in the area, but local professional guiding services are recommended. The terrain can be physically demanding and weather unpredictable, so having local knowledge can not only assist with safety issues, but can also increase the chances of a successful hunt.

Starting in late March and running through to April or May, the ‘Roar’ (or the Rutt) is the best time for deer hunting as they literally roar their way around the lowland mountain areas in search of a mate. While hunting on public lands is possible, guided hunting offers the opportunity to access some very special and secluded locations in the Ruapehu region.For those wanting to hunt on public conservation land, it’s easy to obtain a permit from the Department of Conservation, where you’ll also get informed of any pest control in the area. Don’t forget, if you want to hunt in New Zealand, a current firearms license is essential.


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Getting Here

The Ruapehu region 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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    Where to Stay

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

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    Where to Eat & Drink

    Find a great cafe, bar or restaurant in the Ruapehu region

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    Activities Galore!

    With a broad range of activities on offer, there's a whole lot in the Ruapehu region to experience

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