Ruapehu: an alpine adventure playground

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


Scoria Flat, Ruapehu. © Camilla Rutherford

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Walking

Must-Do's: Walking Travel Guide

Whether you’re hiking to a mountain summit or strolling through an urban landscape, there are walking options around New Zealand to suit everyone. Read the story . . . 

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Cycling

Must-Do's: Cycling Travel Guide

There are 22 Great Rides on Ngā Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail, covering over 2,600 kilometres of the country. Check out our comprehensive overview of all the best cycle trails available in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Must-Do's: North Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Check out our Must-Do's guide to find attractions, activities, experiences and accommodation on your next North Island road trip. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Must-Do's: Central and Lower North Island Travel Guide

From The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Eastland, to Waikato, Rotorua, Hawke's Bay and Wellington, our Central and Lower North Island Must-Do's guide includes all the information you need to plan your next road trip.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

13 Kiwi Gems to tick off before the end of summer

Make the most of the last weeks of summer by ticking off some of these fantastic Kiwi Gems around New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

13 free Kiwi Gems to discover on your next North Island road trip

Travel can be expensive. But we've picked 13 Kiwi Gems around the North Island that you can discover on your next road trip – for free! Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Ride from the mountains to the sea

Beginning on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu and winding for 231km to the wild west coast at Whanganui, the Mountains to Sea Cycle trail is one of the North Island’s most dramatic rides.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Take an alpine walk to Taranaki Falls

Taranaki Falls are one of the Tongariro National Park’s most impressive and accessible waterfalls.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Catch the Sky Waka to New Zealand’s highest café

Take New Zealand’s longest gondola ride to the highest café in the country. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Pick your own fruit

Make the most of the season’s bounty by picking your own selection of berries and summer fruits.   Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

Enjoy an easy alpine walk on the Waitonga Falls Track

At 39 metres, Waitonga Falls is Tongariro National Park’s highest waterfall.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Take a trip back in time on the Forgotten World Highway

It’s rugged, rural and remote, but despite its name, you’ll definitely remember the Forgotten World Highway.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Ride through history on the Ohakune Old Coach Road

Take an easy ride along a historic road that winds through native forest in Ruapehu. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Adventure time: a forgotten railway journey

We take a journey deep into the remote and rugged North Island countryside with Forgotten World Adventures.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Five fun things to do in Ruapehu

From exploring the Tongariro National Park to venturing up the majestic maunga, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in the Ruapehu region.  Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

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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