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Things to do in Mt. Ruapehu & Tongariro National Park

In the heart of the North Island, there are two of the best National Parks in the country, with the surrounding terrain providing a beautiful backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities. Tongariro National Park is a volcanic wonderland surrounded by alpine gardens, with boiling craters, strange lakes, and odd rock forms.
It is New Zealand’s first national park and a Unesco World Heritage site due to its cultural and environmental significance. Mt Ruapehu, the largest peak on the North Island, serves as a focal point for the lesser-known but equally spectacular cones of Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro. To be sure, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing has made this place renowned, and rightfully so. Mt Ruapehu’s snowy sides become one of the best ski areas in the North Island in the winter.

Whanganui National Park, located to the west, is a remote and tranquil wilderness rich in natural and human history. Canoe and jet boat tours on the Whanganui River carry visitors deep into its folds, revealing mysteries and beauties such as the lonely Bridge to Nowhere.

The Ruapehu region is one of New Zealand’s premier adventure destinations, offering some of the country’s purest natural scenic beauty with the country’s best one-day walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and the ski areas of Whakapapa, Turoa, and Tukino making the Tongariro National Park an all year round adventure, providing an endless choice of things to do whether skiing, snowboarding, or playing in the snow.

Things to do in Ruapehu - Tongariro National Park Shuttles & Walks


Mt. Ruapehu Things To Do

Tongariro National Park is a highlight for visitors to the Ruapehu region, and aside from tramping in summer and snow sports in winter, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is regarded as one of the top day-long walks in the world.

If mountain biking and kayaking seem more appealing, you may do it in National Park Village, Ohakune, and the Whanganui River. Ruapehu’s spectacular landscapes are home to some of New Zealand’s top mountain riding tracks. Choose from two Great Rides – the Timber Trail and the Mountains to Sea Trail – or a plethora of day rides ranging from easy to difficult.

Ruapehu also features accommodation and dining options for people of all ages. It’s the ideal base for exploring the Central North Island’s natural beauty. This is the spot to get away from the city and unwind in nature’s splendour, waking up to the sound of songbirds every morning.

Whanganui National Park is steeped in Maori and European history. Anchored by the powerful Whanganui River, the region offers a wide range of family-friendly and adventure-filled activities for all ages. Hiking the single and multi-day hikes, cycling back in time on the one-of-a-kind Bridge to Nowhere cycle route, or crossing off a bucket list must-do on a Canoe safari down the Whanganui River on NZ’s ‘Great Walk,’ the Whanganui Journey.

Ruapehu genuinely has something for everyone all year round, with activities such as hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, beautiful volcanic flights, skiing, snowboarding, stand up paddleboarding, and more.

Mount Ruapehu