In the heart of the North Island and home to both Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks, Ruapehu boasts thrilling natural drama on an epic scale.
Tongariro National Park is an otherworldly landscape of towering volcanoes dominating a tussock-covered plateau, so scenic it had a starring role in The Lord of The Rings. Its companion, Whanganui National Park, is a mystical wilderness of deep forest surrounding New Zealand’s third-longest river.
The region’s striking and incredibly diverse landscapes can be explored on unforgettable outdoor adventures such as the world-famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the Whanganui Journey and two Great Ride cycle trails. Winter snows only add to the spectacle, transforming Ruapehu into a premier ski resort.
Charming towns such as Ohakune, Taumarunui and National Park Village make great bases for discovering the region. Add captivating history, excellent visitor services and warm hospitality to the mix, and you’ve got a holiday destination with something for everyone, all year round.