Kia Ora. Welcome to Ruapehu.
Located in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, Ruapehu is a beautiful backdrop for adventure, family and wellness - visit our greater outdoors for a truly immersive authentic experience.
Things to See & Do in Ruapehu
Ruapehu ISite Packages!
Explore the Ruapehu region the best way with these epic packages.Learn More
Eat, Drink & Shop
Ruapehu is home to first class eating establishments and unique boutique shopping experiences.LEARN MORE
Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttles
Relax as you take a shuttle to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing!LEARN MORE
Where is Ruapehu?
Centrally located in New Zealand’s North Island, Ruapehu is easily accessible through multiple directions by road or by air. This makes it your perfect holiday destination on it’s own or combined with another trip plan.
- 3 hr 30 mins drive from Auckland to Taumarunui
- 1hr 10mins from Taupo Airport to National Park Village
- 3hr drive from Wellington to Waiouru
Why Visit Our Greater Outdoors?
AUTHENTIC New Zealand
A region which offers a multitude of experiences ranging that epitomise New Zealand’s pure outdoors.INTERACTIVE MAP
THE BEST VALUE
Find your happy place. From camping and backpackers, to luxury lodges and quirky homes, Ruapehu has just about every style of bed (and breakfast) you can imagine.DEALS & PACKAGES
Cuddle a carrot, pat an alpaca, inspect a T-Rex ...you'll be amazed at what your family can get up to in Ruapehu!ALL FAMILY ACTIVITIES
World renowned Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park set the backdrop for truly unique New Zealand experiences.EXPLORE RUAPEHU
Ohakune 5K is a free, weekly community 5km walk, jog or run – all abilities welcome!find out more
Alpine Vintage and Classic Autoshow
Calling all car enthusiasts and motorheads! We’re excited to announce the first annual Alpine Vintage & Classic Autoshow this King's Birthday weekend!find out more
Ohakune Carrot Carnival
Back again for 2023 the iconic Carrot Carnival will be held at the Ohakune Junctionfind out more
Tea Tuesdays at Wild Forest Collective
Tea Tuesdays is a space to celebrate, learn and enjoy the benefits and knowledge about the world of herbal teas.find out more
Ohakune Mardi Gras 2023
Everyone’s favourite winter festival is BACK at Thames Street, Ohakune Junction for 2023!find out more
The Laugh Club New Zealand
Sailor Jerry Rum and The Powderkeg Ohakune present Laugh Club New Zealand, bringing the Central North Island a night of fun and stand-up comedy!find out more
ABBA Heaven! at the Royal Raetihi Theatre
A night to celebrate everything ABBA with NZ's Own ABBA Tribute Band - ABBA Heaven!find out more
Our Journey into the Tongariro National Park takes us to Tama Lakes
Looking for a short journey - the Tama Lakes trek covers all in an 5-6 hours hike. Ahead of you are majestic views, diverse landscapes with cultural significance and landscape of colour.A lesser-known hidden gem in Ruapehu, the Tama Lakes Track is ideal for intrepid explorers looking for a spectacular day hike in the heart of Tongariro National Park – a UNESCO Dual World Heritage site of natural and cultural significance.find out more