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The Dinosaur Houselink

Visit Ruapehu
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

The Dinosaur House is a small dinosaur museum located in the historic town Raetihi. See dinosaur skeletons, walk among life-size reconstructions including the always popular T-Rex and Spinosaurus, and learn about the enthralling world that they lived.

Housed in a beautiful 1922 heritage building in the centre of the historic town of Raetihi. It is a traditional museum using the beauty and majesty of more than 100 specimens to show the public the exciting and wonderful world of fossils and dinosaurs.

You’ll be transported back to prehistoric times to explore our carefully curated exhibits which will expand your mind.

Accommodation / Ruapehu

Manuka Lodgelink

+64 6 385 8303
+64 21 660 853
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Bed and Breakfast

Manuka Lodge sits charmingly at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, and enjoys a rural outlook belying its close proximity to Ohakune town. Our lodge is a purpose built two-story B&B. We offer 4 well appointed guest rooms; 3 x king and 1 x queen. All rooms have en-suites, (our queen’s en-suite has a wet area shower). Guests have access to a large open-planed lounge & dining area. The lounge features a cosy open fireplace, comfy sofas and a large flat screen tv. There is also a drying room with plenty of space to store sport paraphernalia, and a luxury outdoor spa pool. The lodge is double-glazed and fully insulated giving maximum comfort all year round. Full breakfast & Wifi included in rates.

Activities and Attractions / Ruapehu

Forgotten World Adventureslink

Ian Balme
+64 7 895 7181
+64 21 719 920
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Venture into the Forgotten World and connect with New Zealand’s enriched past. Set off on guided tours ranging from 3 hours to 4 days on Rail Cart, Jet Boat or Helicopter and explore the raw beauty of one of the most isolated corners of New Zealand. Venture along the 142km line between Stratford and Okahukura, pass through 24 tunnels and cross 98 bridges and explore the pristine native bush, rugged hills and isolated farms while listening to the stories of the area’s pioneering days. There is an adventure to be enjoyed by all ages and all adventure styles. Forgotten World Adventures ensures making your journey into the Forgotten World an unforgettable experience.

Accommodation / Ruapehu

Tongariro Crossing Lodgelink

Boutique and Lodge

As a small family-run lodge, Tongariro Crossing Lodge caters for discerning travellers seeking personal attention and warm hospitality.

Our spacious, warm and comfortable suites offer a perfect retreat after a hard day’s trekking, biking, skiing or travelling. Guests love our delicious and hearty breakfast served in silver style with fresh ingredients and our very own homemade bread, and relaxing on our garden terrace, with a drink from our house bar.

Located in the heart of National Park Village, we are just minutes away from the wonders of the Dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park and a short stroll to great dining options. Transport to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is available from our door.

Activities and Attractions / Ruapehu


Michelle Caldwell
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Adventure Activity registered

Whakapapa is home to NZ's largest gondola, the NEW Sky Waka will travel 1.8 km’s through one of the North Island’s most rugged and spectacular landscapes past waterfalls and snow-laden peaks. Open year round, Whakapapa is NZ's largest ski area in winter and open for you to explore NZ's largest volcano in summer with unique hiking trails and fine dining at the award winning Knoll Ridge Chalet.

With terrain for all snow lovers, explore some of the most amazing natural terrain in the country: wide groomed trails, huge snow filled basins, steep chutes & secret powder stashes. A fully self-contained learners’ area, Happy Valley boasts its own café, rental complex and ski school meeting area.

Activities and Attractions / Ruapehu

Sky Waka, Whakapapalink

Michelle Caldwell
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Adventure Activity registered

NZ’s largest and most technically advanced gondola. Situated within the dual world heritage Tongariro National Park, Sky Waka travels 1.8kms through one of the North Island’s most rugged and spectacular landscapes on Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu.

Travel on the Sky Waka gondola to New Zealand’s highest dining experience, Knoll Ridge Chalet. The multi-storey eatery features something for everyone, from a quick grab and go snack to a brand new menu of contemporary cuisine, all overlooking the wonder that is Tongariro National Park.

Activities and Attractions / Ruapehu

Turoa Ski Area, Mt Ruapehulink

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Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Tūroa sits on the south western slopes of Mt Ruapehu and is one of New Zealand's largest ski areas with the nation’s longest vertical drop at 722m. The High Noon Express' 6 seater chairlift reaches the highest lifted point in New Zealand where you'll enjoy panoramic views of North Island.

It’s cliffs, bowls & volcanic terrain make it feel like you’re out in the winter wilderness, even when you’re skiing or riding within the ski area boundary. Tūroa can be likened to one very large playground. It’s terrain naturally encourages skiers & snowboarders to be playful with two beginners areas, plenty of gullies, natural hits, wide trails & world class terrain parks.

Accommodation / Ruapehu

Chateau Tongariro Hotellink


The Chateau Tongariro Hotel was constructed in 1929 and provides visitors with timeless elegance, exceptional service and outstanding accommodation and facilities.

Sitting gracefully inside the dual world heritage Tongariro National Park, the hotel is surrounded by some of New Zealand’s best alpine treks and the sacred peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Visitors can hike the world renowned Tongariro Alpine Crossing, or in winter hit the slopes at the Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas.

Some guests however may be tempted to spend their time at the hotel enjoying exceptional cuisine, lounge billiards, the plunge pool, sauna and the beauty therapy spa.

Activities and Attractions / Ruapehu

Taumarunui Canoe Hire & Jet Tourslink

Karen Hawkless
+64 7 895 7483
+64 27 226 6348
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
German, English

AS WHANGANUI RIVER CANOE & JETBOAT OPERATORS we provide canoe/kayak/bike hire and exhilarating Jet Boat Tours. Take a trip through the many rapids and lush native bush with some of the best scenic landscaping in the World, all found on the right here on the incredible Whanganui River.
We offer:
- Freedom camping before and after your journey
- Transport to and from the river
- BARISTA coffee at the comprehensive safety briefing
- OLD TOWN branded canoes
- Up to date modern equipment
- Amazingly friendly staff who are willing to help with whatever you need
- Baking and juice on pick up for multi-day trips
- Family owned and operated

Accommodation / Ruapehu

The Inn At The Conventlink

June Nevin
+64 9 896 7764
+64 21 974772
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Bed and Breakfast

This charming Historic Convent has been converted into a Boutique B & B. As well as providing a delicious breakfast to our guests we can also offer dinner by request. We are a few minutes from Forgotten World Adventures. Also visit Laurens Lavender Farm, The Timber Trail and we are 40 minutes' drive to National Park and the Tongariro Crossing. 50 minutes to Whakapapa and The Chateau. We offer a shuttle service to and from National Park.