As the halfway point between New Zealand's two largest cities, you can drive inland from almost anywhere in the North island and you’ll end up in Ruapehu. At the southern end of Lake Taupō and in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, Ruapehu is halfway between Auckland and Wellington just a 4 hour drive from either city.
Easily accessible by car, bus or train and a short 1.5 - 2 hour drive from the domestic airports of Taupō, Whanganui and Palmerston North.
You can easily find your way to Ruapehu from most centres in the north island, with a number of booking options for public transport and vehicle hire. To secure some sightseeing snaps, there are spectacular ‘off the beaten track’ routes into the region that can be discovered via the Forgotten World Highway, Volcanic Loop and Whanganui River Road.
Your own vehicle gives you the greatest flexibility to explore once you’re here, but there are many local tour and transport operators who provide links between the towns. Public transport consists of scheduled bus services with National companies such as Intercity and Kiwirail's Scenic Northern Explorer train service between Auckland and Wellington three times a week.
Keep in mind that during the winter months (June - August) there may be snow and often ice, so drive with caution. If you are accessing a mountain road, tyre chains should be carried and may need to be fitted for the conditions.
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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.