There's limitless activities to take part in around the Ruapehu region and within Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks - from gentle and relaxing to adrenalin filled adventures! The region is home to New Zealands largest ski areas, Whakapapa and Turoa, both located on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu as well as the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing which claims to be "New Zealand's Best One Day Walk".
The area is also a mountain biking mecca with access to the 42 Traverse as well as nearby pine trails and Fishers Track. Mountain Heights Lodge hires quality mountain bikes if you want to check out the tracks.
You name the activity and you will likely find it here...hot pools to caving, kayaking to rock climbing...it's a great place to experience the outdoors but you can also sit back and relax, enjoy the scenery with a coffee and a nice meal at one of the local cafes, bars or restaurants.
Huge surrounding areas of remote farmland, native bush, tundra, and rugged terrain, provide boundless opportunities for the hunter, fisherman or photographer. The many mountain streams and rivers hold stocks of wild trout, (both brown and rainbow). The surrounding bush and native grasslands has good populations of Red Sika deer, feral goats and wild pigs.
There's an abundance of small animals and protected bird life to enjoy on one of the many walks in the area. From short strolls to multi day mountain treks - there's something for anyone.
Whakapapanui River Walk
Round the Mountain Track
Tupapakurua Falls (track starts up Fisher Road from National Park Village)
Marton Sash & Door Trails
Old Coach Road
Other Local Activities
Canoeing & Kayaking
4WD Quad Bike Tours
Thermal Hot Pools
Stand Up Paddle Boarding