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  1. Visit Ruapehu
  2. Explore the Region
  3. About the Region

About the Region

Ruapehu is proudly home to Tongariro National Park World Heritage site, as well as the historical and spiritual Whanganui National Park, making the area one of New Zealand’s premium outdoor destinations.

Situated in the middle of the North Island,south of Lake Taupo, Ruapehu is made up of a range of unique towns and villages each with their own charms.  OhakuneNational Park VillageWhakapapa Village, and Taumarunui are the larger of these. Base yourself in or around this stunning location and spend some time exploring the pure outdoors away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Share in the region’s natural beauty through one of the many world renowned hiking experiences including the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Whanganui Journey, stand on the top of the world at Mount Ruapehu’s sacred Crater Lake, or travel in time on the historical Bridge to Nowhere. With an average 3.25m snowfall, in the colder months you can go for walks or cycle at the foot of snow-capped mountains, build a snowman, snuggle up in a cafe and watch the alpine world outside, and of course you can  ski, snowboard or toboggan your way down the slopes of New Zealand's largest ski areas.

If cycling is more your speed, you can ride one of the huge array of mountain bike trails in the area, including two of New Zealand Great Rides in the Timber Trail and Mountains to Sea journey.

Ruapehu also has accommodation and food establishments to suit both young and old. It is the perfect place to base yourself for the pure outdoors of the Central North Island. Here is the place to escape the city and relax in nature's wonderland, waking to birdsong each morning.

With an abundance of activities including hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, scenic volcanic flights, skiing, snowboarding, stand up paddleboarding and more – Ruapehu truly does have something for everyone all year round.

Getting Here

Ruapehu is located in the centre of New Zealand's North Island halfway between Auckland and Wellington - both less than 4 hours drive.

Kiwirail operates scenic rail services between Auckland and Wellington, with stops at National Park Village and Ohakune, and national bus operators offer daily services to the area. Closest airports are Taupo, Whanganui and Palmerston North.

More information

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    Where to Eat, Drink and Shop

    Find a great cafe, bar or restaurant in Ruapehu.

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    Where to Stay

    Wake up in the peaceful surroundings of a National Park. Check out the range of accommodation available in Ruapehu.

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    Download Visitor Guide

    Escape to Ruapehu, just half a day and a world away from our biggest cities, you’ll arrive in a living landscape that’s home to ancient rainforests, active volcanoes, sacred mountains, tranquil rivers, and two of our cherished national parks. Learn all about it here.

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