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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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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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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Ohakune Court Motel Visit website

With beautiful views of Mt Ruapehu from most rooms, we offer free wifi and all our units are clean warm and quiet with flat screen . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

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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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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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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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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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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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 . . . 

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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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 . . . 

Ohakune TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

It's time to pause and play! Ohakune is a perfect base from which to discover the Central North Island, Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro. . . . More . . . 

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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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