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
Ohakune Carrot Rocket Launch
Come one, come all, to Ohakune’s Carrot Rocket Launch on 1st April 2023Find out more
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.
- 4 hr drive from Auckland
- 1hr 30mins from Taupo Airport
- 4hr 30min drive from Wellington
Ohakune 5K is a free, weekly community 5km walk, jog or run – all abilities welcome!find out more
Raetihi Arts Exhibition
Potter John Williams is returning to the Raetihi Arts Gallery with a new exhibition of worksfind out more
Ohakune Carrot Rocket Launch
Come one, come all, to Ohakune’s Carrot Rocket Launch on 1st April 2023find out more
Ohakune Beer Festival
Beer festival in the heart of the Ruapehu district.find out more
DIY Comedy Presents A One Night Stand
A comedy night like no other at Royal Raetihifind out more
Raetihi Gut Buster
It's not too late to plan a 'long' weekend. Be part of ride/run the Gut Buster Challenge - Saturday 22nd Aprilfind out more
A BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURE TRAIL RUN, WALK & MOUNTAIN BIKE IN THE CENTRAL PLATEAUfind out more
Ohakune Carrot Carnival
Back again for 2023 the iconic Carrot Carnival will be held at the Ohakune Junctionfind out more
Ohakune Mardi Gras 2023
Everyone’s favourite winter festival is BACK for 2023!find out more
Behind the scenes: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing
A behind the scenes look at going guided on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Looking back, doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with friends a few years ago really did kick start my passion for hiking, or tramping as they call it here in Aotearoa. It’s as if the otherworldly moonscapes and landscapes I experienced on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing opened my eyes to a natural world I’d never imagined before. Breath-taking, awe-inspiring, transformative even. It’s fuelled a wanderlust in me to be out there exploring as much as possible. So much so that I decided to take on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing again, this time going guided. Here’s my story.find out more
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