In the heart of the North Island and home to both Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks, Ruapehu boasts thrilling natural drama on an epic scale.
This diverse region offers expansive landscapes from active volcanoes and the world renowned Tongariro Alpine Crossing to the mighty and mystical Whanganui River. Ruapehu is proudly home to the Timber Trail and Mountains to Sea New Zealand cycle-ways and two of New Zealand’s nine great walks, the Tongariro Northern Circuit and the Whanganui Journey.
Winter snows only add to the spectacle, transforming Ruapehu into a magical winter wonderland. You'll be able to enjoy spring skiing or snow play whilst you're here, with two of NZ's largest ski areas [Whakapapa and Turoa] normally open from June through to October.
Get a taste of the region’s homespun hospitality in restaurants and cafes and stay in accommodation with atmosphere and welcoming hosts.
We urge you to make the most of your time with us - explore the cultural, spiritual and historical landscapes around you, and leave Ruapehu with a new sense of wonder.
Haere ora atu me te aroha nui.
Enjoy the sacred places of other tribes as you leave our special place.
Click here to download a map of the Ruapehu area.