Mount Ruapehu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Mount Ruapehu (/ˈruːəˌpeɪhuː/; Māori: [ˈɾʉaˌpɛhʉ]) is an active stratovolcano at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand. It is 23 kilometres (14 mi) northeast of Ohakune and 23 km (14 mi) southwest of the southern shore of Lake Taupo, within Tongariro National Park. The North Island's major ski resorts and only glaciers are on its slopes.
Ruapehu, the largest active volcano in New Zealand, is the highest point in the North Island and has three major peaks: Tahurangi (2,797 m), Te Heuheu (2,755 m) and Paretetaitonga (2,751 m). The deep, active crater is between the peaks and fills with water between major eruptions, being known as Crater Lake (Māori: Te Wai ā-moe).
Whakapapa, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Whakapapa skifield is a commercial skifield on the northern side of Mount Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. It is one of three skifields on the mountain, the others being Turoa, which is on Ruapehu's south-western slopes and Tukino on the eastern slopes. The ski season is generally from late June to late October, depending on snow and weather conditions. The terrain at Whakapapa Skifield is divided up as 25% beginner, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced.
Access to the skifield is by Bruce Road, a two-lane, 6 km (3.7 mi) sealed road. Limited accommodation and refreshments are available at the entry to the skifield, and elsewhere on the mountain. Alpine huts are provided for trampers and climbers. Ruapehu's two skifields are collectively the largest ski resort in New Zealand. Turoa has a slightly longer season, generally opening a week before Whakapapa and closing early November. Both are operated by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts. Chateau Tongariro, which has appeared on several New Zealand stamps, is a feature of Whakapapa village.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is a tramping track in New Zealand, and is among the most popular day hikes in the country. The Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage site which has the distinction of dual status, as it has been acknowledged for both its natural and cultural significance.
The crossing passes over the volcanic terrain of the multi-cratered active volcano Mount Tongariro, passing the eastern base of Mount Ngauruhoe.
The full distance of the track is usually 19.4-kilometre (12.1 mi).
2 Findlay Street, National Park, New Zealand
Fantastic family fun at Schnapps Mini Golf with authentic mountain features, running streams and super fun for the kids.
8 Findlay Street, National Park, New Zealand
National Park Climbing Wall
Great family fun, open morning to evening and is a fantastic option for families when the kids need that extra entertaining or just have too much energy left. There's very safe climbing options for all ages and skill.
Waikune Prison, National Park, New Zealand
The Urenuku Pines Mt Bike Park
A great array of mountain bike tracks that offer hours of fun for all the family. There's tracks from beginner to advanced with some great challenging tracks. These tracks have been designed by the legendary Greg Prouse and built mostly by Greg and fellow National Park Mt Bikers. It is operated under the umbrella of the Ruapehu Mt Bike Club. A small membership fee is appreciated to help assist in track care and maintenance. There's new tracks coming online all the time and details of these are available on the app Trail Forks. Bike hire is available in National Park Village or bring your own machine and enjoy. (Note - please no motorised vehicles).
Fisher Road, National Park, New Zealand
Fishers track is part of the National cycle way and incorporates a 26km, mostly downhill fun suitable for most riders. It is a challenge for younger rider and our recommendation is over 15yrs. The first section is mainly uphill for 6 km on loose gravel with the remaking track being pumice and clay. It's a fast downhill and incorporates some fantastic scenery. The track is usually one way with transport available from the end or if you like a uphill grind do it both ways and feel the pain, followed by a cold one at Schnapps bar and restaurant.
Horopito, New Zealand
Old Coach Road
Part of the National Cycle way going from Horopito to Ohakune or reverse. It is a fantastic family adventure which does have some challenging parts for younger riders. The ride has some of Ruapehu best scenery and you will be sure to experience all its splendour regardless of weather. The Ohakune end is well worth the short ride into the old Railway viaducts and tunnels which the kids will love. Be sure to take a camera, water and a bite to eat. Transport can be arranged to and from the track by Summit Mt Bikes shuttles in National Park or TCB in Ohakune.