Kia Ora. Welcome to Ruapehu


Discover Ruapehu’s diverse natural landscapes from this charming historic town

Established in 1893, Raetihi is home to the "Theatre Royal" - one of New Zealand's oldest theatres. A generously wide main street, historic buildings, and a growing arts and café culture reflect the pioneering history of this former timber town. It is the closest town to the Mangapurua mountain bike and walking track, the Bridge to Nowhere, and the starting point for the iconic Whanganui River Road journey.

Discover Ruapehu’s diverse natural landscapes from this charming historic town, situated beautifully in the midst of the Tongariro National Park to the east and Whanganui National Park to the west.

As you explore Raetihi and the surrounding Ruapehu region, a plethora of attractions awaits. The Mākōtuku River Walkway offers a tranquil escape into nature, where visitors can stroll along its serene shores, taking in the native flora and fauna that thrive in this pristine environment.

For those intrigued by the mysteries of the past, the Dinosaur House awaits, offering a fascinating journey through time with its collection of prehistoric relics and interactive exhibits. Delve into the ancient history of the region and marvel at the remnants of creatures that once roamed the earth millions of years ago.

Meanwhile, for those seeking artistic inspiration, Volcano Vibe beckons with its eclectic mix of art and fashion. Nestled amidst the rugged beauty of Ruapehu, this vibrant boutique showcases the creativity of local artists and designers, offering a unique selection of handcrafted treasures that capture the essence of volcanic culture.

Whether you're drawn to the allure of history, the tranquility of nature, or the creativity of contemporary art, Raetihi and Ruapehu provide a captivating blend of experiences that will leave you enchanted and inspired. Explore the beauty of the region's natural landscapes, immerse yourself in its rich cultural heritage, and uncover the hidden gems that await around every corner.

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