Activities Around the Area

There is so much to do during your stay, from short walks to epic multi day hikes, including the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing, regarded as the best one day walk in NZ.

Ski or Snowboard New Zealand's largest ski area. Canoe, kayak or raft the Whanganui, Whakapapa or Tongariro Rivers. Enjoy world class fishing and hunting.

Mountain Bike to your hearts content on a myriad of trails, including The Mountains to Sea and Timber Trail in the Pureroa State Forest.

Or simply stay put read a book, relax and soak up the classic NZ scenery.



  • Ohinetonga Scenic Reserve Walking Tracks
  • 42 Traverse access point


  • Raurimu Spiral

National Park

  • Cafes, restaurants, cycle and walking trails abound
  • World Heritage listed Tongariro National Park to the East and Whanganui National Park to the west
  • Whakapapa Ski Fields open winter and summer
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Tongariro Northern Circuit
  • Ruapehu Adventure Rides, guided quad bike and buggy rides


  • A friendly town with all services and ammenities
  • The headquarters of Forgotten World Adventures who offer must do Rail River and Trail experiences along the Forgotten World Highway
  • Kayak and Canoe the Whanganui River. Timber Trail and Pureroa State Forest southern access point
  • Taumarunui Golf Club offers the top 50 ranked Tarangower golf course
  • Lauren's Lavender Farm is a must visit, situated on the banks of the Whanganui River, you can arrive by Canoe, Kayak or Jet Boat.....or simply venture 20 minutes down the Forgotten Highway by car and enjoy a walk around the beautiful gardens, grab a bite to eat and enjoy some retail therapy


  • Enjoy a scenic 30 minute drive and take a dip in the Thermal Pools, enjoy the interesting and complimentary thermal walk

For more information on things to do visit

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