While a key attraction of the Ruapehu region is its wilderness and spectacular beauty, getting lost is no fun for anyone. Seek and heed advice about the weather, appropriate clothing and the required levels of fitness. Most importantly make sure someone knows your plans, your intended travel route and let them know when you’ve returned. The best way is to follow the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the Adventure Smart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.
People embarking on a trip without the assistance of an experienced guide should err on the side of caution, carrying additional clothing, food, water, camping and first aid equipment.
Guided tours are essential for inexperienced visitors and they aren’t a bad idea for the experienced either.
You can easily book a tour from one of the guides in the Ruapehu region. They know the terrain like the back of their hands and can impart ‘secret’ local knowledge to make your visit even more enjoyable.