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  1. Visit Ruapehu
  2. Things to Do & See
  3. Water Activities

Water Activities

From thrill seekers to chill seekers, the Ruapehu region's many waterways provide the ideal setting for any liquid logic.

With a deluge of rivers, streams, wetlands and lakes, the Ruapehu region lends itself to a wide range of water based activities.  

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Hop in a canoe and float back in time on the Whanganui River and learn about its early history and the pioneering days as part of the Whanganui National Park & the Bridge to Nowhere.  You’ll be captivated by the deep, mystical gorges and the rich flora and fauna that line the riverbanks. If you’re keen to speed things up, you can jump in a jetboat and skim down (or up) the river at a slightly faster pace, giving you a broad overview of the river valley.

There is an abundance of kayaking options in the region, with easy grade 1 floats, right up to grade 4 waterfalls for the more experienced thrill seekers.  With mountain rivers you'll also find fantastic grade 3 rafting in the region, all within easy reach of your alpine accommodation.

There are many spots to find serenity, relaxing on the banks of a river, near a cascading waterfall. Cruise the lakes and take in the scenery on a stand up paddleboard, or try your hand at fly fishing, in one of the Ruapehu region's ‘secret’ spots.

 

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.

More information

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    Download Visitor Guide

    Download the Ruapehu region's latest visitor guide here

  • High Tea at the Chateau Tongariro - Whakapapa Village

    Eat, Drink, Shop

    Fancy a gourmet filet mignon? Maybe you’d rather a juicy burger, or perhaps just some good old fish ‘n chips. Whatever your taste, the Ruapehu region is home to some first class eating establishments, with a wide array of local and international beverages on offer.

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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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