Ruapehu Region

The Ruapehu region is a hub of adventure and intrigue. With ski areas, a rich volcanic history and unparalleled natural wonders, this is one area of the country that you need to visit!

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 Chateau Tongariro - Ruapehu Region  HarryLawford (Flickr)



From luxury mountain chalets to boutique bed & breakfasts and backpackers, there is a level of comfort to to suit every traveller in the Ruapehu region.

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 Skiing on Mt Ruapehu.  Destination Lake Taupo



The Ruapehu region is bursting with activities. Try skiing or boarding on an active volcano, hike the many world famous tracks, or simply relax...

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About Ruapehu

The Ruapehu region is an adventure junkie's dream. It boasts some of New Zealand's largest ski fields, active volcanoes, and rivers. Visitors wanting an iconic New Zealand experience cannot go past the natural, historical and scenic wonders that this region offers.

Forming the backbone of the North Island, the Central Plateau’s triplet volcanoes – Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe – command a domineering presence on the rugged landscape. Though Tongariro and Ngauruhoe are dormant, feisty Ruapehu has been known to burst into spectacular life, last erupting in 1996.

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How do you get to Ruapehu Region?

  • Travel by Plane
    • There are no air services to the Ruapehu region. Nearby Taupo Airport, around two hours’ drive away, serves the region with daily Air New Zealand flights to and from New Zealand's major hubs.
  • Travel by Train
    • The towns of Ohakune and National Park can be reached on The Overlander train, which runs frequently between Auckland and Wellington and back.
  • Travel by Bus
    • The Ruapehu region is serviced by most major inter-city bus networks and backpacker bus services. Several scenic tour buses and passenger shuttles also provide transportation around the Ruapehu region.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • There are limited rental car options in the Ruapehu region. Nearby Taupo offers multiple options for rental cars and motorhomes.