Discover the Magic of Ruapehu - A Region of Unforgettable Adventures!

Nestled in the heart of New Zealand's North Island lies Ruapehu, a captivating region boasting two magnificent national parks - Tongariro and Whanganui - along with an array of breathtaking natural wonders. Whether you crave thrilling outdoor activities, want to delve into rich history, or simply yearn for a warm and welcoming experience, Ruapehu has it all, making it the perfect destination for an unforgettable holiday.

Getting to Ruapehu is a breeze, as it is easily accessible by road from both Auckland and Wellington. Just off State Highway 1, you'll find Ruapehu at the southern end of Lake Taupō, and you can also reach it via State Highway 4 through Taumarunui, the gateway to the legendary Forgotten World Highway leading to Taranaki. For those traveling by air, Taupō, Whanganui, and Palmerston North airports are conveniently close.

Are you a fan of awe-inspiring landscapes and remarkable adventures? Look no further than Ruapehu, where your itinerary will be filled with thrilling experiences. Here are some must-do activities for your visit:

Explore Tongariro National Park's wonders

Immerse yourself in the ethereal beauty of Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO-listed site recognized for its exceptional natural and cultural heritage. This surreal landscape boasts towering mountains, alpine gardens, steaming vents, waterfalls, and peculiar rock formations. A visit to the iconic Knoll Ridge Chalet, accessible via the Sky Waka gondola, promises a breathtaking lookout at 2020 meters, complete with New Zealand's highest dining experience at Knoll Ridge Cafe.

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Discover Whanganui National Park's Hidden Gems 

Uncover the secrets of Whanganui National Park as you journey through gorges,  forests, and past cascading waterfalls. You can opt for an adrenaline-packed jetboat trip from Pipiriki or Taumarunui or embark on a serene multi-day Whanganui Journey canoeing experience, which meanders along New Zealand's longest navigable river, allowing you to stay at picturesque riverside campsites and lodges.

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Experience the top sights and scenery by bike or eBike 

For a taste of local stories and breathtaking landscapes, venture onto Ruapehu's two Great Rides and other cycling trails. The Ohakune Old Coach Road offers a classic one-day ride featuring railway relics and scenic bush, while the Timber Trail through the stunning Pureora Forest can be explored over two days or in sections. Don't forget the up-and-coming Marton Sash and Door trail from National Park Village. With convenient bike hire and shuttle services, your biking adventures are made easy.

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Ride the rails through a Forgotten World 

Embark on a delightful journey through time with Forgotten World Adventures rail cart trips, tracing the path of an old railway line. Travel through picturesque rural landscapes, pass through hand-dug tunnels, and cross iconic bridges, all while uncovering local history. These rail adventures range from half-day to multi-day excursions, offering added adventure activities for a memorable experience.

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Enjoy epic skiing & snowboarding on mighty Mt Ruapehu 

Winter transforms Mt Ruapehu into a paradise for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned snow-lover, the ski areas of Whakapapa and Tūroa cater to all ages and skill levels, providing New Zealand's best skiing experiences with breathtaking views and unique terrains.

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Create family memories in Our Greater Outdoors

Make the most of quality family time in Ruapehu's enchanting landscapes. Visit the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre to learn about the region's fascinating geological history before exploring easy nature trails. Keep the fun going with activities like cycling on Ohakune's Mangawhero River Trail and Te Pepe Pump Track, a visit to the Ohakune Carrot Adventure Park, and experiences at Nevalea Alpaca Farm near Taumarunui, the Dinosaur House museum in Raetihi, horse riding, minigolf, and indoor rock climbing.

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Soak up the sights & smells of four glorious gardens 

Along the Forgotten World Highway, you'll find four private gardens open for viewing, collectively known as the Forgotten World Gardens. These botanical wonders boast olive groves, picturesque ponds, lavish lawns, mini-golf, and a beloved lavender farm and café along the Whanganui River. Explore these beautiful gardens for an unforgettable day out.

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Visit New Zealand's Awesome Army Museum

In Waiouru, the southern gateway to Ruapehu, immerse yourself in the nation's fascinating military history at the National Army Museum. The museum showcases diverse exhibits featuring uniforms, weaponry, photographs, artwork, and other memorabilia, making it a compelling experience for visitors of all ages. Don't miss the KidzHQ area, specially designed to entertain and educate younger visitors.

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To plan your unforgettable journey in Ruapehu, visit or stop by the i-SITE Visitor Information Centres in Ohakune or Taumarunui. So, get ready to experience the magic of Ruapehu and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Posted by on 01 August 2023