Visit Ruapehu
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

The opportunities for mountain biking in Ruapehu abound with numerous trails easily accessible from any of the towns & villages of the region.

Whether you are a first timer or downhill demon, there are trails to suit in and around the Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park. Ruapehu is proudly home to two of the New Zealand Cycleways Great Rides with the Timber Trail and the Mountains to Sea - Nga Ara Tuhono.
Set in amongst the diverse and spectacular central North Island terrain, there are also a number of other serviced cycleways including: the 42 Traverse, Fishers Track, Ohakune Old Coach Road and more.

A genuine wonder of the natural world, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the crown jewel of Ruapehu and a must do on anyone's bucket list. Often described as New Zealand's greatest day hike, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a challenging journey across a remarkable volcanic landscape.
The 19.4km hike starts from the Mangatepopo Carpark off State Highway 47 south of Lake Taupo and is just 20 minutes from National Park Village, a 35 minute drive from Whakapapa or Raetihi, approximately an hour from Ohakune, Turangi or Taumarunui.
Between October and 30 April there is a four-hour time restriction for private vehicles at the Mangatepopo Road-end so organising a shuttle is required over this time.

Explore expansive volcanic terrain, spectacular views of Tongariro National Park, extensive beginner facilities, night skiing & ski NZ's longest season (early June - late October). In summer, ride NZ’s largest gondola to dine at Knoll Ridge Chalet.

New in June 2019: NZ’s largest gondola, Sky Waka. The $25 million gondola will travel 1.8 km’s through one of the North Island’s most rugged and spectacular landscapes past waterfalls and snow-laden peaks.

Chateau Tongariro Hotel believe in providing visitors with a timeless elegance and believe in preserving history and tradition.

Chateau Tongariro Hotel believe in providing visitors with a timeless elegance and believe in preserving history and tradition. The location within a Dual World Heritage National Park ensures the hotel is an advocate for conservation and upholds a meaningful relationship with local Maori.

The elegant Chateau Tongariro is located within Whakapapa Village - in the heart of the Tongariro National Park and was constructed in 1929.

Today, the hotel provides accommodation, restaurants, bars, conference facilities and is a popular wedding destination throughout the year.

Take a break from the ski slopes and enjoy a taste of the Forgotten World journey. Travel through 5 tunnels on the line before stopping for soup and a bun and returning on the rails to the starting point.

Nestled within the deep hidden valleys of New Zealand's Forgotten World is the ultimate way to explore rural New Zealand.

Stop for hot soup & bun and a hot drink before returning on the line to the starting point. Travel through 5 tunnels, including the longest tunnel (1.5km), and beautiful hand built brick tunnels. Enjoy the 32km round trip, cruising throu

Turoa Ski Field
Turoa ski field on the south-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu, in the North Island of New Zealand, and offers a massive 722m of vertical descent on New Zealand's highest chairlift. Turoa ski field is one of the pinnacle examples of lift accessed natural terrain you’re likely to find anywhere.

Whanganui River Canoes can help you with your multi day canoe trip on the Whanganui River, and can help you with any adventure in the Ruapehu/Whanganui Region. We want to help you make awesome memories, and we want to help you plan your trip easily.

Whanganui River Canoes is based at the Raetihi Holiday Park, so you can stay the night before your trip, get up in the morning and we can transport you to your chosen adventure!

Our trips include 3 to 5 day guided canoe experiences as well as freedom hire for you to explore the Whanganui River at your leisure. We can cater for many different groups, and are safety audited.

There is literally something for everyone when it comes to walking and hiking in the Ruapehu region. Whether you want a short 15 minute return trip to a stunning waterfall such as the Tawhai Falls walk or a more lengthy option such as Silica Rapids or the Ohakune Old Coach Road.
Use the many useful resources on both the Visit Ruapehu or Department of Conservation (DOC) websites to find out more. If chatting to someone in person is more your thing then pop into one of the four i-Site Information Centres located in Taumarunui, Whakapapa, Ohakune and Waiouru.

Walk to a historical abandoned bridge in the heart of the Whanganui National Park

Built in the mid 1930s, to provide road access to the lower and middle valley farms known as the Mangapurua Valley Soldiers Settlement, the Bridge to Nowhere stands as a poignant memorial to the abandoned hopes and dreams of the returning World War I servicemen who braved this remote area. Attempting to transform virgin native forest into farmland, these pioneer settlers eventually bent to the will of the land, abandoning titles due to the area's difficult access for trading and the onset of the Great Depression.