Outdoor Activities

Ruapehu Adventure rides

Provides guided quad bike and buggy adventures of varying lengths through farmland, native bush and natural stream crossings- overlooking Tongariro National Park along with real views of the 'Raurimu Spiral'. Guides are qualified with ATV  & first aid certificates, all gear is supplied.
Located in Raurimu [behind the dinosaur sculpture], its about an 30 - 40mins drive away.  
Phn: 0800 ruride [0800787433]


Rafting New Zealand

Ph 0800 volcano (0800 865 226)

offer NZ's best half day river adventure, with various grades of white water action all year round,outfitted for summer or winter.


Horse Trekking

Ruapehu Homestead & Horse Trekking
SH49, Rangataua
Ph: 64 6 385 8799, Fax: 64 6 385 9093, Mobile: 027 26 770 57
A different and exciting way to see the countryside. Come horse trekking on back country trail rides from 30 minutes to several days. You choose to ride with expansive mountain views or through stately bush and forest. Specialty groups, school parties and children all welcome. Find us 3 minutes south of Ohakune on SH49.

River Activities

Canoe Safaris Ohakune

Ph: 64 6 385 9237 Fax: 64 6 385 8758 Freephone 0800 2 PADDLE (2 723 353)
email: canoesafaris@voyager.co.nz

Located next to the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks, Canoe Safaris has been operating river trips for over 20 years. Trips are suitable for all ages and are excellent family holidays. One to five day trips exploring the historic Whanganui National Park, or two to four day Heli-Rafting on the upper Mohaka River. Canoe/Kayak Hire and river transportation is also available.

Rock Climbing

SLR - Vertigo Climbing Centre

Located in town centre, Goldfinch St, Ohakune
Has 32 traditional climbs and 15 clip and climbs. Open from 3pm until late, or from 10am on a 'mountain closed' day. For more info, go to www.vertigoclimbing.co.nz

Flight Seeing

Mountain Air

Chateau Airport, intersection off the turn-off to Whakapapa Ski Area & State Highway 47, NZ.
Ph: 64 7 892 2812 Fax: 64 7 892 2703 Freephone 0800 922 812
Email: mountain.air@xtra.co.nz

Views of the volcanic Tongariro National Park & World Heritage Site. Airplane adventure with informed commentary over pristine lakes, thermal and volcanic activity. Flights operate 8.00am - 5.00pm, 7 days per week, weather permitting. Flights during summer operate until twilight. Bookings are preferable but not essential for fixed wing flights, essential for helicopter. Flights leave on demand with a minimum of 2 people. No age limit, disabled facilities.

Visit the Volcano!

Situated in Tongariro National Park is Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand's most accessible live volcano. During the winter Mt Ruapehu boasts two world-class ski areas, but in summer you can ride the chair lifts up the mountain and enjoy unsurpassed views over the central North Island.

Chair Lift Rides

From the Top of the Bruce carpark at the base of Whakapapa Ski Area you can ride two chair lifts 2,020 metres above sea level to the Knoll Ridge Chalet. Click here for info

Guided Walks to the Crater Lake

From the Knoll Ridge Chalet allow a 5 hour walk to the top of Mt Ruapehu & back. Once at the top you can explore the stunning Crater Lake and get a fantastic view of nearby Mt Ngauruhoe, on a clear day you can see both coasts. Our experienced guides will provide you with fascinating information about the unique geological, geographical and historical features of Mt Ruapehu and the surrounding region. Click here for info


Ruapehu Golf Club

Ohakune-Raetihi Road, Ohakune Ph: 06 385 4264.

A par 71, 18 hole Championship golf course situated 5 mins from Ohakune, it is set in spectacular mountain scenery and surrounded by mature trees. One of the highest rating golf courses in the Manawatu-Whanganui area.

Taumaranui Golf Club

Golf Road, Taumaranui
Beautiful 18 hole tree lined course featuring a number of challenging holes. One of New Zealand’s best provincial golf courses. Green fees $15 per person.

Taihape Golf Club

State Highway One, Taihape
An interesting 18 hole country course with undoubtedly New Zealand’s best Par 3. Green fees $15 per person.

Hunterville Golf Club

State Highway One, Hunterville
A picturesque 18 hole course played on 3 levels adjacent to the river. A cable car returns you to the clubhouse at the end of your round. Green fees $15 per person.

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