Both parks are as diverse as they are treasured; there is the volcanic landscape of the Tongariro National Park (a World Heritage listed area), and the remote Whanganui National Park, a park of diverse landscapes.
The Tongariro National Park is perhaps the main attraction of the area. It holds a special place in the heart of many New Zealanders; not only is it the location for three of New Zealands most impressive natural features - the active volcanoes Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe – but it was also New Zealand’s first National Park.
The volcanic hiking and skiing in the area is second to none… it’s not often one can claim to have skied down an active volcano, but with our range of Ruapehu accommodation this feat is only a stone’s throw away.
The Whanganui National Park is a stunning location for hikers and kayakers. In a single national park, one feels as if they are exploring several different worlds; there are fast running rivers, slow running rivers, waterfalls, deep gorges, and vast wilderness areas with countless types of fauna and flora.
Use our Ruapehu accommodation in both the winter and summer. In the winter, the area is a haven for ski bunnies.
Mt Ruapehu is home to two of the largest ski areas in New Zealand; Whakapapa on the northern side, and Turoa on the southern, and can also lay claim to the fact that it is home to New Zealand’s longest vertical drop – 722m, at the Turoa field. Snow season generally runs from late June until early November.
In the summer, enjoy the hiking and kayaking. There is something for every traveller here, year round.
In short; the Ruapehu area is a chance to enjoy all that natures beauty offers; however, there is also an excellent range of shops and restaurants in the area for those needing their daily dose of metropolitan interaction. Use our Ruapehu accommodation to explore the many cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs in the region. There are many fashion label shops, and of course any hiking/skiing/kayaking equipment you might need is easily found in one of the many camping and adventure stores.