Located on the central plateau of the North Island & home to ancient rainforests, active volcanoes, sacred mountains, tranquil rivers and two of New Zealand’s cherished National Parks, Tongariro & Whanganui.
4 hour drive from Auckland
4 hour drive from Wellington
1½ hour drive from Taupo, 2¼ hour drive from
Rotorua and 3 hours from Napier.
The Northern Explorer train has 2 stops in the region - National Park and Ohakune
Wherever you stay, be it mountain lodges, local campsites, motels & hotels and B+B’s you’ll enjoy easy access to the wilderness. Some of our favourite places to stay include:
Chateau Tongariro Hotel
Skotel Alpine Resort
The Park Hotel Ruapehu
The Inn At The Convent
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SEE + DO
With a range of alpine and on-water activities this region caters to all levels year round.
Walk the Tongariro River Crossing
Take the Sky Waka Gondola to NZ’s highest eatery
Enjoy a timeless Western experience at Mellonsfolly Ranch
Visit the “Lord of the Rings” film scenes
Take a rail car ride with Forgotten World Railways
Visit Lauren’s Lavender Farm
Get close up to alpaca’s on New Zealands largest alpaca farm
Take a flying adventure over Mt. Ruapehu for some spectacular scenery
Mountain bike one of NZ’s great rides – The Timber Trail and follow old logging tramways through fantastic native forest
Join a guided quad bike or buggy tour over farm land, native bush and natural stream crossings, over looking the famous Tongariro National Park
Enjoy a fun-filled roller coaster rafting ride navigating rapids with an expert guide at the helm