Ruapehu is located in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island. The region is home to dramatic landscapes, cascading waterfalls, rich forests and some of the most scenic hiking and biking trails. Escape here for a weekend, a week or a month and indulge in the region’s bounty. Read our travellers guide on what to do in Ruapehu.
Tongariro National Park
For around 30 years, the Tongariro National Park has been a dual world heritage area. It was granted a UNESCO World Heritage title for its cultural significance and incredible natural wonders.
The national park is also New Zealand’s oldest, and is home to some of the most spectacular sights. It is certainly not short on things to do either. Read our list on what to do in Tongariro.
- Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
- Tawhai Falls
- White water rafting on the Tongariro River
- Paddle Board at 616m above sea level
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Note: If you are planning on doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, it’s imperative that you research the weather conditions prior to your journey. This is an alpine hike and the weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be safe and prepared. If you are unsure, consult an expert or do this hike guided.
Whanganui National Park
The Whanganui National park is rich in history and incredible wilderness. Here, you can find complex ridges, bluffs, native forest, as well as New Zealand’s longest navigable river.
The Whanganui River rolls through the mountains to the Tasman Sea. You can also canoe an incredible 200 kilometres of the river. On your journey you will notice its distinguished landscape, and your adventure here will be nothing short of inspiring. Here’s just a sneak peak of the adventures you can take:
- Canoe the Whanganui River
- See the Bridge to Nowhere
- Jet boat Whanganui River
- Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail
Even though Mount Ruapehu is an active volcano, it attracts adventure lovers year-round. This hot spot thrives with hikers, bikers, snowboarders and skiers. It is also home to two of New Zealand’s largest ski areas. There’s also plenty to do for those who are not so thrilled about hitting the slopes, including New Zealand’s highest dining experience. See what you can do at Ruapehu.
- Turoa or Whakapapa ski fields
- Charter a scenic flight
- Cycle the Ohakune Mountain Road
- New Zealand’s highest dining experience
- Sky Waka – New Zealand’s largest gondola, a year-round experience
We know that it can be difficult to fit everything into a single trip, so we hope that these quicks guides can help you plan your next Ruapehu adventure.