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.

Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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.

Cycle the Ohakune Old Coach Road

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.

Kayak or canoe the Whanganui River

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).

Ride or walk the Timber Trail

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.

Take a break at Knoll Ridge Cafe

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.

Forgotten World Adventures

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.

Discover the Bridge to Nowhere

Cycle, hike or take a jet boat along the Whanganui River to the mysterious Bridge to Nowhere in the Whanganui National Park. Learn the story of the bridge with no road either side, sitting in the middle of lush native rainforest.

Stand up paddle boarding

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).

Take a scenic volcanic flight

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.

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