Three days of family fun this winter in Ruapehu

Bundled up with cheeks aglow, there’s nothing like a winter getaway to Ruapehu for unforgettable family fun. From the mountains to the rivers and the cosy alpine villages in between, it’s time to pack your bags and head to the snow-capped peaks of the Central North Island and immerse yourself in Ruapehu’s great outdoors.

Outdoor adventures

A year-round destination for outdoor family fun, head for the snow to ski, snowboard, sled, or sightsee by gondola on Mt Ruapehu. Take your pick from a diverse range of family-friendly walks to enchanting waterfalls, hidden lagoons, and riverside strolls. Jetboating, guided buggy rides, horse treks and alpaca encounters also means there are outdoor adventures for everyone in the family to get amongst.

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Indoor fun

Home to NZ’s largest privately owned collection of dinosaur memorabilia, the Dinosaur House in Raetihi is a must-do hidden gem that everyone in the family will ooh and ahh about for days. Carry on museum hopping to the Ohakune Railway Museum - a wee treasure trove full of wondrous delights for train enthusiasts or explore the National Army Museum in Waiouru - an impressive facility with tanks, a mess tent, unique collections, and world-class military exhibits. There are also two awesome indoor climbing walls in Ruapehu, one in Ohakune and one in National Park village for some active, rainy day fun.

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The National Army Museum in Waiouru

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The Dinosaur House in Raetihi

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Indoor rock climbing in National Park

Family-friendly eats

From world-famous chocolate eclairs to super cold-pressed juice made with fresh Ohakune carrots, you can wind your way along the Adventure Highway for a delicious roadie in Ruapehu. Keen to take it to the next level? Travel by the Sky Waka Gondola Ride to Whakapapa and enjoy New Zealand’s highest dining experience at 2,020 metres above sea level at Knoll Ridge Chalet on Mt Ruapehu with spectacular views of the UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park.

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Family dining at Kings Ohakune

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Enjoying an eclair from Johnny Nations

Wake up to snow-capped mountains at your doorstep and unwind under dark starry skies - Ruapehu is a one-of-a-kind winter destination for families to get together and create the most special memories. Start planning your holiday here at

Ruapehu through your eyes

Posted by on 20 July 2022