Ruapehu: an alpine adventure playground

The broad area around Tongariro National Park must have been a majestic place when Māori enjoyed undisturbed possession.


The majestical Mount Ruapehu. © David Wall Photography

Ossies Motels & Chalets Visit website

Situated in a quiet street with amazing views of Mount Ruapehu, Ossies Chalets and Apartments are designed with the skiing family in mind. . . . More . . . 

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing offers an insight into just why the park is rated an international treasure and listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read the story . . . 

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Hobbit Motorlodge Visit website

Charming alpine setting offering guests quiet comfortable accommodation. Centrally located in the beautiful alpine location of Ohakune village, the nearest town to Turoa ski field, . . . More . . . 

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Tongariro Holiday Park Visit website

Tongariro Holiday Park is the most convenient and closest accommodation to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Different transport options available. Just 15 minutes drive to the . . . More . . . 

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Heritage and history

New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

Movies have put New Zealand on the map. But there's much more to New Zealand film than The Lord of the Rings... Read the story . . . 

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Chateau Tongariro Hotel

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Tongariro National Park: volcanoes of the south wind

Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park with excellent skiing on Mount Ruapehu in the winter season and some of the most epic mountain-hiking trails in the world. Read the story . . . 

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Waiouru Welcome Inn Visit website

Enjoy our comfortable heated and double-glazed motel units. 8 self-contained units and 3 standard units. Located near State Highway 1, close to cafés, hotel, garage/service . . . More . . . 

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Tongariro Northern Circuit: alpine heartland

The Tongariro Northern Circuit explores a landscape of stark glacial contrasts and alpine views, with craters, explosion pits and lava flows aplenty. Read the story . . . 

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Alpine Motel Visit website

Alpine Motel & Backpackers Lodge offers motel and backpacker accommodation in Ohakune's town centre. Accommodation consists of 10 units of various sizes including fully self . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Aspen Court Motel Visit website

New complex - luxury accommodation with 2 access units. Smokefree, double spa baths. King-size beds, heating/air-conditioning, electric blankets, underfloor heating, full kitchen facilities. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

A road less travelled: on the trail of a hot lamb sandwich

Travelling from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga in search of an old-fashioned Kiwi treat.  Read the story . . . 

Ruapehu Views Motel Visit website

This motel is in Ohakune's town centre, close to shops, bars & restaurants. It offers 14 units that are serviced daily, upstairs units have views . . . More . . . 

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Ruapehu, Ngāuruhoe and Tongariro: live the high life this winter

The drive around Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe is spectacular in winter, but those who content themselves solely with the view from the window are missing out. Read the story . . . 

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