Kia Ora. Welcome to Ruapehu


The bush-lined Whanganui and Ongarue rivers welcome visitors to the Ruapehu's largest town, Taumarunui.

Taumarunui is best known for its railway history, farming, weaving, golf, and more recently, cycle trails. Taumarunui was originally a Māori settlement at the confluence of the Ongarue River with the Whanganui, with important canoe routes linking the interior of the island with the lower Whanganui River settlements. Some places, notably the valley of the Pungapunga Stream, which joins the upper Whanganui River near Manunui, were celebrated for the size and quality of totara trees, and large canoes were carved there. 

Nowadays, Taumarunui is home to a myriad of captivating experiences that showcase the natural beauty and adventure-filled spirit of New Zealand's North Island.

For those enchanted by botanical wonders, the Forgotten World Gardens offer a serene escape into lush greenery and vibrant blooms. Nestled amidst the scenic landscape, these gardens boast a rich diversity of indigenous and exotic plant species, providing a tranquil setting for leisurely strolls and moments of contemplation.

Adventurers and explorers are drawn to the excitement of Forgotten World Adventures, where they can embark on journeys through rugged terrain and historic landmarks. From traversing abandoned railway lines on rail cart tours to venturing into remote wilderness areas on jet boat excursions, there's no shortage of adrenaline-fueled escapades to be had.

Taumarunui also holds allure for fishing enthusiasts, boasting world-class fly fishing opportunities on its pristine rivers and streams. Cast your line into crystal-clear waters teeming with trout, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature as you await the thrill of the catch.

The The Timber Trail from Piropiro flats to Ongarue is a fantastic mountain bike ride or walk, following much of the Ongarue bush tram system. Ongarue represents an important part of the timber industry and early pioneering history.

With its diverse range of attractions and activities, Taumarunui invites visitors to delve into the heart of New Zealand's North Island, where every experience promises adventure, beauty, and the opportunity to create cherished memories amidst stunning surroundings.

West of Taumarunui, the former coal-mining town Ohura is a real step back in time. Complete with one or two colourful characters, a museum and a unique railcart adventure.

Kakahi is a small town located just 20 minutes south of Taumarunui, where you will find glowworms, the iconic Kakahi General Store, and the Whakapapa and Whanganui Rivers. A perfect pitstop for those looking for something unique!

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