Kia Ora. Welcome to Ruapehu

Free Things To Do In Ruapehu

Beautiful bushwalks, incredible local spots and must dos! Check out all of the free activities available in Ruapehu

Hike to Waitonga Falls

The beautiful Waitonga Falls is a must do while you're in the region. You'll find the start of the track 11km up the Ohakune mountain road, this short hike passes through native bush, follows rivers and the end location will take your breath away.

Fun fact: Waitonga Falls sits at 39m and is the highest waterfall in the Tongariro National Park.

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More Waterfalls

Taranaki Falls - One of the most impressive and beautiful New Zealand waterfalls, Taranaki Falls is located in Tongariro National Park. The waterfall is accompanied by unforgeable views of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro, and fantastic walk through the beech forest.

Time: 2 hr return Distance: 6 kms

Tawhai Falls - Tawhai Falls is 13 metre high waterfall located in Tongariro National Park and the filming location of Gollum's pool.

Time: 20 min return Distance: 4 kms

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Ohakune Old Coach Road- Riding along historic cobblestone, through a bush corridor near the slopes of Mount Ruapehu makes for a fun family friendly adventure and an interesting journey back in time. 

Average Time: 2-3 hours Distance: 15kms Grade: 2
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Take some time

Proudly home to both the Tongariro National Park and the Whanganui National Park make sure you give yourself some time to switch off and enjoy the stunning gift of nature around you in the Ruapehu region. Listen to the birds, breathe in the fresh alpine air, take in the volcanic masterpieces around you. Grab yourself a world class coffee and fresh local cuisine to accompany the moment.

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Swim in the Ruatiti Domain

The Ruatiti Domain is a local favourite swimming spot during the summer months. This place is beautiful and spacious, the perfect place to camp and have a BBQ. The Manganui-O-Te-Ao River runs through the Domain, providing sandy beaches and excellent swimming and fishing opportunities.

The Ruatiti Road turnoff on State Highway 4 is approximately 3.5 kilometres (km) north of Raetihi township. Follow the Ruatiti Domain Road for 22km before turning off where you will be met by a gate.

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More information on the Ruatiti Domain