Ruapehu feels like a different world. Three huge volcanoes rise from a desert landscape dotted with lakes, golden tussock and legendary rivers. Choose to walk one of the many hiking trails, cycle the Ohakune Old Coach Road or canoe down the historic Whanganui River.
Known as the greatest day walk in New Zealand, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing traverses an otherworldly, ever-changing volcanic landscape. Embark on a guided tour with Adrift Outdoors(opens in new window) and soak up stories of the history, flora and fauna of this world-famous track en route.
Pedal through time along this historic thoroughfare of yesteryear. The Ohakune Old Coach Road is suitable for most fitness levels and is part of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail that starts on the slopes of live volcano Mount Ruapehu, and winds from the central North Island west to the Tasman Sea in Whanganui.
From day kayak trips and jet boat tours, through to the full 5-day journey, take a break and combine history, abundant wildlife and untouched forest scenery as you travel along the historic Whanganui, the longest navigable waterway in New Zealand. This is a remote river adventure deep into the heart of Whanganui National Park, one of the most wildly beautiful landscapes in the country. Guided tours are available(opens in new window).
Venture deep into Pureora Forest Park on a trail featuring ancient forest, native birdlife, graceful suspension bridges and intriguing timber industry relics. Explore the depths of New Zealand's wilderness areas and hear stories about how this special place has changed over the ages.
Hike up, or take the scenic chairlift to New Zealand's highest café at Whakapapa’s Knoll Ridge Café(opens in new window) and enjoy a meal while taking in views over Mt Ruapehu and the Tongariro National Park. If you’re visiting in October check out the spring skiing at Mt Ruapehu.
The Forgotten World Highway winds through the heart of rural New Zealand, through tunnels, over bridges and past townships that time forgot. RailCart along a part of the decommissioned rail line itself – choose one of three locations, or travel the entire 142 kilometres.
Enjoy a short stroll to Tawhai Falls, or a longer walk to Taranaki Falls in Whakapapa, near Mount Ruapehu, before enjoying High Tea at the grand Chateau Tongariro Hotel. Step back into the timeless elegance of the 1930’s – when the historic Chateau was built - and indulge in petite cakes and savouries while admiring breath taking views of Tongariro National Park.
The highest stand up paddle boarding experience in New Zealand can be found at a peaceful lake under the watchful eye of the volcanoes in the midst of the Tongariro National Park. Embark on a relaxing morning with My Kiwi Adventure(opens in new window).
With Mountain Air(opens in new window) situated right in the heart of dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park you will be marvelling at the volcanic vistas of the North Island's highest peaks within minutes of take off. Enjoy this otherworldly landscape from above.