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20 November 2017  National Park visitors weclomed by 2000 year-old carved logs

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Two 2000-year-old trees have been delivered for carvers to begin work on an ambitious project in Tongariro National Park which will see  two pou whenua [ (carved land posts) installed at each of the Tongariro National Park's five entrances and two at the entrance to the Whakapapa Village. 


11 September 2017 Cycling in New Zealand: Mount Doom, ski fields and bike redemption: The scenic North Island train journey takes in the dramatic landscape, the Whakapapa ski fields – and an unexpected two-wheeled catharsis for Lucy Clark, a Guardian writer who visited Ruapehu recently. Read her story here


08 September 2017 Spring Snow Dump at Mt Ruapehu :   Mt Ruapehu's Turoa and Whakapapa ski fields are both blanketed in snow thanks to around 80cm of fresh snow fall over the last three days. Mt Ruapehu has also just released its Spring deals for both novice and experienced skiiers.  Beginners receive 50% off any flexi-pass when purchasing a 3 or 4 - day learn to ski package.  And everyone who purchases a 3-day flexi pass receives a free night skiing pass, and 2 night skiing passes with every 4 or 5-day flexi pass.

 "The locals will tell you, spring is the best time to ski Mt Ruapehu, with springy snow conditions and longer days. There will be a lot of stoked skiers and riders up here once the weather clears and with our season running until October 23, there's still plenty of time to enjoy the mountain," Matt says. Visit MtRuapehu.com for more details.


7 September 2017 Some of New Zealand’s finest tracks are set to become part of a new network of Great Short and Great Day walks, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry have announced. The new networks will be officially launched by DOC and Tourism New Zealand in October this year. Ruapehu's Tongariro Alpine Crossing  is one of five Great Day Walks named nationally.


4 September 2017 Award recognises best practice by regional tourism lead team The lead team behind the development of the ‘Ruapehu Regional Visitor Sector Development Plan and Destination Value Proposition’ are celebrating receiving a Commendation Award for Collaboration with Business, Iwi and the Community at the inaugural Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Celebrating Excellence Awards in Wellington on 31 August.

Comprising Ruapehu District Council, Visit Ruapehu and a consortium of specialist consultants led by Henley Hutchings the team won the award for their methodology and approach that required extensive and meaningful engagement with a wide spectrum of regional stakeholders

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31 August 2017 Ruapehu accommodation providers benefit from visitor and tourism growth 

Ruapehu accommodation providers have had a good year according to the latest guest night statistics from the Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM).Figures for the year ended June 2017 show total guest nights rose 5.3 percent to 466,557 with international guest nights rising 10.6 percent to 175,816 and domestic guest nights rising 2.3 percent to 290,740.


17 August 2017 Ohakune in the lead to host Richie McCaw in Mastercard's Tap for Your Town Campaign. Winter hotspots are front-runners in Mastercard’s  competition with Ohakune in the lead to secure the opportunity for Richie McCaw to visit their town and host the ultimate game of touch rugby.The competition will give the town with the most number of contactless payment transactions (aka ‘Taps’) per capita the chance to take on Richie McCaw and his hand-picked team in a game of touch. Read the full story here and start tapping!


11 August 2017 Peak grandeur: Fire, ice and weird outdoor fashion in the Ruapehu region Michael Gebicki discovers the jewel in Ruapehu's crown is Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's first national park, with World Heritage credentials both for its cultural and spiritual significance to Maori as well as its outstanding volcanic features.

Read the lovely story of Michael's visit here on stuff.co.nz


18 July 2017 National Army Museum powers into the future New Zealand's first dual fast charge electric vehicle station outside Auckland has been launched in Waiouru this week, signalling a key development in New Zealand's rapidly evolving EV infrastructure.

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11 July 2017  Mother Nature delivers snow for school holidays  "Steady snow fall over the last few days at Mt Ruapehu has arrived in perfect time for the school holidays - and more snow is forecast. Marketing Manager Matt McIvor says, "We’re stoked to see some decent snow falling with more in the forecast this week. After talking to our patrollers, there looks to be a solid front hitting us from Wednesday, which could bring us between 30-50cm of fresh snow down to low levels, possibly even more."

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Whakapapa's Rock Garden 9 July 2017


04 July 2017 "Ohakune, and Ruapehu, are becoming the North Island's Queenstown, with a lot of nature and adventure tourism there really picking up."

Read the story here about how the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park are becoming more popular with tourists.


08 June 2017 Government co-investment announcements for Ruapehu tourism infrastructure a vote of confidence This sees government’s total investment into Ruapehu tourism since the launch of the Accelerate25 Manawatu-Whanganui Economic Action Plan in August last year (2016) reach just under $3.6 million dollars,” 

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07 June 2017 Discover Ruapehu, New Zealand’s North Island adventure HQ Grafted onto Ruapehu's wonderland is a five-star suite of adventure activities – forest and volcano hikes, mountain biking, jetboat rides, trout streams and New Zealand's biggest ski field

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06 June 2017 Ski Season come early for Whakapapa at Mt Ruapehu Thanks to savvy snowmaking systems, the ski fields opened a month earlier than planned over Queens Birthday weekend making North Island skiing the first open this year. See the story here

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18 May 2017 Ruapehu Set to Establish New International Event The inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon will take place on Saturday 7 April 2018 based from the Chateau Tongariro in Whakapapa Village in the Tongariro National Park, a dual world heritage area. Entries open on the 10th of July 2017.

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18 May 2017 The Timber Trail located in the Central North Island is one of New Zealand’s finest 1-2 day cycle trails Torpedo 7 recently rode the Timber trail and have written all about it HERE


28 April 2017 New National Army Museum Ruapehu i-SITE opening in June

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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.

Eco dev - Visit Ruapehu and TIA visit, PR, Dec 16.pdf (362KB)

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"

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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 www.mtruapehu.com


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 stuff.co.nz 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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