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Ruapehu region lies midway in the North Island between Auckland & Wellington. The main settlements in this region are Taumarunui, Ohakune & National park Village.

Being the premier skiing area in the North Island, the ski fields of Mt Ruapehu, WhakapapaTuroa & Tukino are situated around Mt Ruapehu. These become particularly busy during the winter months of June to August when many skiers settle here to enjoy the best of the snow. 

In the summer months, many people make the celebrated walk over the Tongariro Crossing, regarded as one of the world's great walks. 

As well as New Zealand's oldest national park, Tongariro, the Ruapehu region is also home to The National Park, Whanganui National Park and the start of the Whanganui River. 

Sub Regions


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The Small town of Ohaura is located west of Taumarunui in what is known as King Country. A Quiet backwater town where you meet some true New Zealand locals.


Taumarunui has on one side the Tongariro World Heritage National Park and the other the Whanganui National Park. The areas has Waterways and Rivers ideal for Fishing for Trout or taking a Canoe to explore.  There is the Timber Trail Cycle Trail, great for cyclists wishing to do the 1 to 2 Day Trail and which takes you deep into King Country Wilderness. The 87 Km's trail offers a journey of beauty and History rolled into one.
Let us not forget about The Forgotten Highway starting close to Taumaranui this 148 Km journey is a scenic journey with walks and lookouts, waterfalls and more. We have a full information sheet showcasing all to see on route.

Tongariro National Park


The First National Park in New Zealand and Established in 1887 was The Tongariro National Park. Awarded a Dual World Heritage Status by UNESCO , today this outstanding place to visit includes The Alpine Tongariro Crossing, film locations of Lord of the Rings as well as our three Volcanoes, Mount  Ngatoroirangi, Mount Tongariro and Mount Ruhapehu. In our Winter this region becomes a Skier Paradise with Turoa and Mt Whakapapa Ski Areas.

The Chateau Tongariro is a beautiful Hotel dating back to 1929 and is located in the center of the National Park at Whakapapa Village.


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The small town of Waiouru is on the main Dessert Road and the home of the National Army Museum, which is open 7 days a week from 9.00am to 4.30pm


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Raetihi is a small town and the gateway to Mt Ruapehu and is a place of the NZ Outdoor Lifestyle. With Rivers  and Mountains its the perfect location for biking and hiking. The Waimarino Museum is worth a visit.



The town of Ohakune is known as the Carrot Capital, the perfect place to base yourself during the summer for visits into the Tongariro National Park and also the main Ski Village in the Winter for visitors to the Slopes.

Whanganui National Park


Home to the wonderful Whanganui River the National Park offers a place to explore the natural beauty of this area. With the great outdoors available for Hiking, Biking, Fishing or Kayaking as you drift past the lowland forests.