By Visit Ruapehu
Set in stunning natural surrounds and each with their own special character, Ruapehu’s towns offer everything you need to explore and enjoy the region.
With the Whanganui National Park on one side and the Tongariro World Heritage area on the other, Taumarunui is a perfect base for adventure. Find out more.
In a prime location between Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks, this laidback little town is the perfect base for year-round outdoor adventures.
In winter and summer, the town of Ohakune is a base for adventures in the Tongariro National Park. It’s also the ‘carrot capital’ of New Zealand.
Discover Ruapehu’s diverse natural landscapes from this charming old timber town, situated between Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks.
Waiouru lies at the southern end of the Desert Road – a naturally dramatic stretch of State Highway 1. Once the army's largest base, its location and visitor services are making it evermore popular with road trippers.
For summer hiking and winter skiing, Whakapapa Village is a grand place to stay. The volcanic slopes of Mount Ruapehu are just up the road.
A tiny riverside settlement, Pipiriki is the southern gateway to Whanganui National Park, and the last stop on the famous Whanganui River Journey.