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05 March 2018  SH1 closure 7 March  - Travellers affected by the closure of the Desert Rd on Wednesday (7 March) are being encouraged to factor a bit more time into their journey so that they can enjoy some of the sites and activities on the alternate route.  

The Desert Rd will be closed for 36 hours on 7 March and 4 April from 7am to allow for repair work on the Waihohonu Bridge meaning travellers will be detoured on State Highways (SH) 46, 47, 4 and 49.

Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron said that taking your time on long trips is always good safe driving advice and in this case people can also take the opportunity to enjoy some of the most iconic scenery and attractions the volcanic plateau has to offer.

“The detour route takes people around the world heritage listed Tongariro National Park, past the Chateau Tongariro Hotel, Mt Ruapehu ski areas, National Park Village and Ohakune - all offering a great variety of things to see and do.The alternate route then joins back up with SH1 at the impressive National Army Museum in Waiouru.

People looking to have a break can enjoy a scenic chairlift ride at Whakapapa, a short walk in the National Park, a round of mini-golf, or a coffee and something to eat at one of the many great cafés or restaurants along the way.

 This includes cafés boasting breathtaking views of Mt Ngauruhoe and Tongariro National Park, a high tea at the Chateau, or drop by one of the numerous cafés and restaurants in National Park Village or Ohakune.

Mayor Cameron added that people travelling to Auckland could also consider travelling on SH4 through Taumarunui.

Come and stretch your legs in Our Greater Outdoors.”

19 February 2018 Uncle Bill's Cottage wins Best Family Friendly Bach of the Year 2017 - Uncle Bill's Cottage has taken out the top spot for best Family Friendly Bach in the 2017 Bach of the Year Awards, with well over 200 votes between them and the runner up. This is a great success for the bach owners and fantastic for the Ruapehu region. Read More


03 February 2018 Ruapehu Tourism to be boosted by $25m gondola on Mt Ruapehu - Ruapehu Alpine Lifts hopes to have a $25 million gondola ready to zoom people up Mt Ruapehu in all weathers by the start of the 2019 ski season, CEO Ross Copland says. The project is the highest economic development priority for the Ruapehu district, and could eventually make for 100 new fulltime jobs.  The gondola is to have 50 cabins , each holding 10 passengers and moving at 6m per second 


Artists impression of gondola station at Mt Ruapehu's Knoll Ridge Cafe

23 December 2017 Sainthood set to boost tourism: Last year, Pope Francis declared Suzanne Aubert 'venerable' - the second formal stage on the way to being declared a saint. If Suzanne Aubert's cause for sainthood is successful she will become New Zealand's first saint. The Catholic nun known as Sister Mary Joseph founded a home for orphans and the under-privileged at Jerusalem just south of Pipiriki alongside the Whanganui River.

More information on Suzanne Aubert's life can be found at 

18 December 2017 Be first on the snow in 2018: It might be summer, but it’s never too early to think about getting back up the mountain to ski - and being one of the first.  With that in mind Mt Ruapehu has announced the extension of 'First Tracks' to Turoa ski field for 2018, available now as an add-on to a season pass. First Tracks was offered for the first time in 2017, at Whakapapa ski field only but was so well received that it has now been expanded to include Turoa.

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14 December 2017 Chateau Tongariro named 2018 Beef and Lamb Excellence Award Winner: Chateau Tongariro’s Ruapehu Room has been recognised as one of the best restaurants in New Zealand as a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Beef and Lamb Excellence Award. The award stemmed from an anonymous assessment by trained culinary professionals who provided glowing feedback on two Ruapehu Room dishes, one beef and the other lamb. Already well renowned for the high tea available at the Chateau daily between 11am and 5pm, Hotel Manager Brad McGlynn hoped that this award would entice more Kiwis to also make the trip to the Ruapehu Room to experience the world class dining.

“The Beef and Lamb Award is well recognised and respected by New Zealanders and I hope that this will drive more locals to our restaurant as a destination in its own right,” says McGlynn. “Where better to celebrate a special occasion or spend a summer evening than at one of the country’s most iconic hotels and top restaurants?”

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Winning Dishes: Lamb on left; Beef to right

5 December 2017 Experience feedback on Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail wanted: Riders on the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail (the Trail) this summer are being asked to share how they found it via an online survey designed to help improve the Trail experience. The survey aims to capture peoples' feelings and insights on all aspects of the Trail with the overall ambition of providing a first class multi-day cycle experience.

The suvey can be found at

20 November 2017  National Park visitors weclomed by 2000 year-old carved logs


Two 2000-year-old trees have been delivered for carvers to begin work on an ambitious project in Tongariro National Park which will see  two pou whenua [ (carved land posts) installed at each of the Tongariro National Park's five entrances and two at the entrance to the Whakapapa Village. 

11 September 2017 Cycling in New Zealand: Mount Doom, ski fields and bike redemption: The scenic North Island train journey takes in the dramatic landscape, the Whakapapa ski fields – and an unexpected two-wheeled catharsis for Lucy Clark, a Guardian writer who visited Ruapehu recently. Read her story here

08 September 2017 Spring Snow Dump at Mt Ruapehu :   Mt Ruapehu's Turoa and Whakapapa ski fields are both blanketed in snow thanks to around 80cm of fresh snow fall over the last three days. Mt Ruapehu has also just released its Spring deals for both novice and experienced skiiers.  Beginners receive 50% off any flexi-pass when purchasing a 3 or 4 - day learn to ski package.  And everyone who purchases a 3-day flexi pass receives a free night skiing pass, and 2 night skiing passes with every 4 or 5-day flexi pass.

 "The locals will tell you, spring is the best time to ski Mt Ruapehu, with springy snow conditions and longer days. There will be a lot of stoked skiers and riders up here once the weather clears and with our season running until October 23, there's still plenty of time to enjoy the mountain," Matt says. Visit for more details.

7 September 2017 Some of New Zealand’s finest tracks are set to become part of a new network of Great Short and Great Day walks, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry have announced. The new networks will be officially launched by DOC and Tourism New Zealand in October this year. Ruapehu's Tongariro Alpine Crossing  is one of five Great Day Walks named nationally.

4 September 2017 Award recognises best practice by regional tourism lead team The lead team behind the development of the ‘Ruapehu Regional Visitor Sector Development Plan and Destination Value Proposition’ are celebrating receiving a Commendation Award for Collaboration with Business, Iwi and the Community at the inaugural Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Celebrating Excellence Awards in Wellington on 31 August.

Comprising Ruapehu District Council, Visit Ruapehu and a consortium of specialist consultants led by Henley Hutchings the team won the award for their methodology and approach that required extensive and meaningful engagement with a wide spectrum of regional stakeholders

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31 August 2017 Ruapehu accommodation providers benefit from visitor and tourism growth 

Ruapehu accommodation providers have had a good year according to the latest guest night statistics from the Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM).Figures for the year ended June 2017 show total guest nights rose 5.3 percent to 466,557 with international guest nights rising 10.6 percent to 175,816 and domestic guest nights rising 2.3 percent to 290,740.

17 August 2017 Ohakune in the lead to host Richie McCaw in Mastercard's Tap for Your Town Campaign. Winter hotspots are front-runners in Mastercard’s  competition with Ohakune in the lead to secure the opportunity for Richie McCaw to visit their town and host the ultimate game of touch rugby.The competition will give the town with the most number of contactless payment transactions (aka ‘Taps’) per capita the chance to take on Richie McCaw and his hand-picked team in a game of touch. Read the full story here and start tapping!

11 August 2017 Peak grandeur: Fire, ice and weird outdoor fashion in the Ruapehu region Michael Gebicki discovers the jewel in Ruapehu's crown is Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's first national park, with World Heritage credentials both for its cultural and spiritual significance to Maori as well as its outstanding volcanic features.

Read the lovely story of Michael's visit here on

18 July 2017 National Army Museum powers into the future New Zealand's first dual fast charge electric vehicle station outside Auckland has been launched in Waiouru this week, signalling a key development in New Zealand's rapidly evolving EV infrastructure.

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11 July 2017  Mother Nature delivers snow for school holidays  "Steady snow fall over the last few days at Mt Ruapehu has arrived in perfect time for the school holidays - and more snow is forecast. Marketing Manager Matt McIvor says, "We’re stoked to see some decent snow falling with more in the forecast this week. After talking to our patrollers, there looks to be a solid front hitting us from Wednesday, which could bring us between 30-50cm of fresh snow down to low levels, possibly even more."

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Whakapapa's Rock Garden 9 July 2017

04 July 2017 "Ohakune, and Ruapehu, are becoming the North Island's Queenstown, with a lot of nature and adventure tourism there really picking up."

Read the story here about how the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park are becoming more popular with tourists.

08 June 2017 Government co-investment announcements for Ruapehu tourism infrastructure a vote of confidence This sees government’s total investment into Ruapehu tourism since the launch of the Accelerate25 Manawatu-Whanganui Economic Action Plan in August last year (2016) reach just under $3.6 million dollars,” 

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07 June 2017 Discover Ruapehu, New Zealand’s North Island adventure HQ Grafted onto Ruapehu's wonderland is a five-star suite of adventure activities – forest and volcano hikes, mountain biking, jetboat rides, trout streams and New Zealand's biggest ski field

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06 June 2017 Ski Season come early for Whakapapa at Mt Ruapehu Thanks to savvy snowmaking systems, the ski fields opened a month earlier than planned over Queens Birthday weekend making North Island skiing the first open this year. See the story here


18 May 2017 Ruapehu Set to Establish New International Event The inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon will take place on Saturday 7 April 2018 based from the Chateau Tongariro in Whakapapa Village in the Tongariro National Park, a dual world heritage area. Entries open on the 10th of July 2017.

Ruapehu Ring of Fire launch, PR1, 18 May 17.pdf (389KB)

18 May 2017 The Timber Trail located in the Central North Island is one of New Zealand’s finest 1-2 day cycle trails Torpedo 7 recently rode the Timber trail and have written all about it HERE

28 April 2017 New National Army Museum Ruapehu i-SITE opening in June

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21 March 2017 Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the Whanganui River Be inspired to visit Ruapehu with the 2017 version of our visitor guide.

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09 March 2017 Sought after tourism accommodation opens on the Timber Trail  “This lodge is just what the Timber Trail needs to take it from good to great amongst New Zealand’s best cycle ways.”

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02 January 2017  Simon Maude bridges time on the Whanganui River [the Bridge to Nowhere]...Straddling a sheer gully, it looks like it should be arching over  Auckland city's Grafton Gully, not on an impossibly isolated Whanganui tributary.

Check out the story here

14 December 2016 Mt Ruapehu's Happy Valley to be relaunched in 2017 “This is an exciting period in the history of RAL as we embark on the biggest investment programme since our incorporation in 1953.  With $21 million of new capital committed in the past 18 months, our 2017 pass holders have a lot to look forward to!  We have carefully selected a range of investments which appeal to the changing needs of our domestic and international markets, always thoughtful of our shared role as kaitiaki of this sacred place.  A range of operational excellence initiatives complement the capital works programme, and for 2017 that will mean considerable growth in employment at all 3 ski areas as we focus on lifting service levels.  Investment of this scale is not just significant for the Ruapehu District, ‘New Zealand Inc.’ also benefits from the re-emergence of dual world heritage listed Tongariro National Park as a premier international destination”, says RAL CEO Ross Copland.

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03 December 2016 Ruapehu well place to benefit from tourism growth

“Ruapehu is extremely well-placed to benefit from the growth in both international and domestic expenditure,” said Visit Ruapehu Chief Executive Claire McKnight. “By aligning our strategy with the national vision for Tourism 2025 and beyond we are able to work in parallel with both TIA and Tourism NZ.” “Combined with the Accelerate25 Regional Action plan opportunities Ruapehu tourism’s future is looking very exciting.”Mrs McKnight said.

Eco dev - Visit Ruapehu and TIA visit, PR, Dec 16.pdf (362KB)

12 November 2016 Travelling on the edge

Adventure travel usually means cycling and trekking but if you're in Ruapehu it also means doing these things on an active volcano!

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25 October 2016 Tongariro Alpine Crossing demands respect
“It is one of New Zealand’s most picturesque spots, its stunning but the mountains demand respect and you must give it"

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18 September 2016 Simon Maude writes about his family trip to Ruapehu 
'Driving down from Auckland there's this spot just after Taumarunui where you get your first glimpse of snow-capped Mt Ruapehu - it's a sight that always sends my spirits soaring.'
Enjoy the full story here 

12 August 2016 Ruapehu Cycle Extension Planned
Prime Minister John Key today announced the Government has set aside $2 million to extend the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail from Turoa to Ohakune. The proposed new trail will be partially funded through the National Cycleway Fund and is part of the Manawatu-Whanganui Economic Action Plan which aims to boost the region's economy, increasing jobs, income and investment. For the full story click here

08 August 2016 Bluebird Skiing at Mt Ruapehu 
It’s a winter wonderland at Mt Ruapehu, with excellent conditions for skiers and snowboarders and fine, clear weather expected for the next two to three days.  With the cold snap and snow storms over the past couple of weeks there is now fantastic coverage at both Whakapapa (244cm snow base) and Turoa (225cm snow base).

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 “We have the best snow coverage we’ve seen in years, and combined with the brilliant clear skies, we’ve got conditions not to be missed. Whether you’re planning to ski, board or just visit the alpine environment, now’s the right time to be here,” says Dave Mazey, CEO of RAL. “Skiers can also look forward to the Far West T Bar opening for the first time this season within the coming week.

 Next weekend (20/21 August), the Turoa Slopestyle and Subaru Top Weekend will be held at Turoa Ski Area. Skiiers and snowboarders will vie for the title of the 2016 Turoa Slopestyle champion, competing over rails, jumps and other features, and Subaru drivers will be treated to the first 200 carparks on a first-come, first-served basis each day.

 For real-time snow progress, live webcams show up-to-the minute updates for both Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas. For more information, visit

31 July 2016: Two metre base at Mt Ruapehu
With the storm which has hit the North Island over the last few days Whakapapa Ski area now has a snow base of over 2 metres, and Turoa is reaching similar levels.
Today saw the mountain closed due to blizzard conditions, but "...once the storm cycle clears we expect we're going to have some epic skiing and boarding." said Anna McLaren, Ruapehu Alpine Limited's Marketing Manager.

29 July 2016: Digital Marketing Coordinator Job Vacancy
A fantastic opportunity to join our team in marketing one of NZ's premier outdoor destinations. Visit Ruapehu is Ruapehu's Regional Tourism Organisation and is responsible for marketing the destination of Ruapehu to both domestic and international visitors. With iconic attractions like the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Mt Ruapehu and the Whanganui River

25 July 2016: 36 Hours in Ruapehu
No business like snow business? In Ruapehu that's not strictly true, as Richard Mays from learns when visiting Ruapehu with its Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park, Mt Ruapehu Ski areas Turoa and Whakapapa and so much more. Read article here

12 July 2016: Skiing on an active volcano
"Surrounded by the barren Rangipo Desert, this giant of the North Island Volcanic Plateau stands at 2797 metres. Jutting out from tussock-covered flats, it’s the highest peak in the North Island; seemingly all the more impressive from its desolate surroundings" 

10 July 2016: Tongariro Mountain Adventure
Andrew Gillick braves the weather and discovers a new side to the Tongariro National Park in winter. "In the icy clutches of the mountain, stomping through rain and mist, it felt surprisingly normal, even natural." Read the full story here.

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