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Mount Ruapehu is the highest mountain in the North Island, standing alongside its two smaller brothers – also active volcanoes ready to blow.

For skiers and snowboarders, Ruapehu is the site of two of the North Island’s best skifields, with numerous others to choose from. A large portion of the region is made up of Tongariro National Park, making it a great hiking destination. For sheer scenic incredibility, visitors must walk the Tongariro Crossing. This one-day hike takes you from alpine meadow to mountain summit across a surreal landscape of craters, coloured lakes and volcanic rock.

The Best of Ruapehu

  • Tongariro National Park – Your clients can take a guided or self guided walk across the 19.4km Tongariro Crossing alpine trail.
  • Mount Ruapehu - With two main ski fields , Whakapapa and Turoa, this active volcano offers over 1,000 hectares of ski area.
  • Volcanoes – As well as Mount Ruapehu, this region is also home to Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, which clients can see via scenic flight tours.  All three mountains can be climbed, with Mount Ngauruhoe requiring more experience.
  • Fishing – Hire a rod and get down to the rivers and lakes to fish for both rainbow and brown trout.

Further Information

Videos on the Region and other New Zealand Regions
Ruapehu Regional Tourism Organisation (Visit Ruapehu)
Find an i-SITES Visitor Information Centre 
www.newzealand.com (Ruapehu)

Climate & Weather:



AVG High

23 °C / 73.4 °F


11 °C / 51.8 °F



AVG High

12 °C/ 53.6 °F


3 °C / 37.4 °F

Attractions Ruapehu

  • Skiing


    Mount Ruapehu is 2797m high and home to two separate ski fields, Turoa and Whakapapa.

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  • Walking & hiking

    Walking & hiking

    Journey through Tongariro's volcanic landscapes

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  • Scenic flights

    Scenic flights

    Ruapehu's Central Plateau is home to a stunning landscape of volcanoes, forest and tussock plains - a scenic flight is a great way to see it from the sky.

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  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    Venture into Mordor on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Ruapehu

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  • National Army Museum

    National Army Museum

    Our people, our history, our legacy. Learn about the heroes, stories of honour, courage and sacrifice. Take a break at the National Army Museum, unwind and discover New Zealand's...

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  • Tongariro Northern Circuit

    Tongariro Northern Circuit

    This amazing walk encircles Mount Ngauruhoe, an active volcano in Tongariro National Park. You’ll see craters, explosion pits, lava flows and more.

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