Ruapehu: an alpine adventure playground

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


The road to Mount Ruapehu. © Fraser Clements

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Heritage and history

Chateau Tongariro: style and grandeur at the foot of Ruapehu

Tip your hat to architect Herbert Hall of Tīmaru who harnessed the iconic, neo-Georgian style and grandeur of European mountain chateaus at the foot of Ruapehu. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Tongariro Alpine Crossing: one of the best one-day walks in the world

Walk through this World Heritage Area of volcanic giants, sheer beauty and alpine lakes to make memories you will treasure forever. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Trout fishing: some of the best fly fishing in the world

Experience fishing at its very best in the wide, swift-flowing Tongariro River.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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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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Natural attractions

Timber Trail: cycle in the footsteps of early loggers

Ride through ancient podocarp forest, over some of New Zealand's longest and highest suspension bridges and along an old bush tramway following the hard-fought footsteps of early loggers. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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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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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 . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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Activities

Climbing: facing your fear

Climbing is the unique blend of physical and mental exertion that leads both to a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of calm. All in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

The Forgotten World Highway

There are no traffic jams here. The road from Stratford to Taumaranui is not called the Forgotten World Highway for nothing. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Whanganui National Park: the magic river

The Whanganui is New Zealand’s longest navigable river, winding its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea. You can imagine it would have looked much the same a hundred years ago. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Whanganui Journey: paddle your own canoe

While considered one of New Zealand's Great Walks, the Whanganui Journey is less of a walk and more of a paddle. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Ruapehu: an alpine adventure playground

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

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