The Ruapehu Region of New Zealand
New Zealand is a highly popular destination on travelers’ lists for many reasons. The country boasts gorgeous landscapes, adventurous hikes, ski slopes, water sports, a wide range of cultural influences, unique wildlife, and a temperate climate. The Ruapehu Region in particular, is no exception to this. Ruapehu is located just south of Lake Taupo on the North Island. It is made up of a variety of charming towns and villages, which may be stops in the travel itineraries of coach tour providers like Kirra Tours New Zealand, and there are a wide variety of outdoor activities allowing visitors to explore this pristine location’s natural beauty. In fact, there is so much to do here that planning your visit can become a little overwhelming. Following is a list of must-see attractions to get you started.
Whanganui National Park
If you are looking for an outdoor adventure, this park is the place for you. For example, you can take a canoeing and camping trip down the Whanganui River, staying in tents or huts along the way. If biking is more your thing, you can take a multi-day biking tour to explore the park or you can follow a vigorous hiking trail, which begins uphill along the Mangapurua Track. This trail will offer you sights of deep ravines, sheer bluffs, and the famous Bridge to Nowhere. Such are guided tours that need to be booked in advance and are well worth the cost for their main benefit of tour guide leadership.
Tongariro National Park
This park is the oldest national park in New Zealand. One of the main attractions is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing trail. This is a difficult 19.4km hike that will take you across the volcanic landscape and it is not a trail for the casual hiker, as the path is steep and the weather can be unpredictable. However, you may find the unforgettable views are worth all the trouble. If you’re looking for something a little less strenuous, the Tawhai Falls is the shortest hike to a waterfall in the area. It’s about a 20-minute walk from the roadside.
Multi-day bike rides and adventure camping aren’t the only actives in the area. Families with young children can find plenty of sights to see in the Ruapehu Region.
Bike Rides: there are some easier bike rides that the entire family can participate in. One of these is the Jubilee Walkway, which follows the Mangateitei Stream for 1.5-kilometer on an easy road. Hiking: another easy trail that makes for a nice family day hike is the Ohakune walkway. It’s a 2-kilometer, well-maintained path following the Mangawhero River and children will enjoy the swing bridge at the halfway mark. National Army Museum: if you need a break from the outdoors, you can head inside and see all that this museum has to offer. Located in the village of Waiouru, a short distance from the Tongariro National Park, it contains a variety of military exhibits and memorabilia.
Although the Ruapehu area is accessible by bus or train, you will find that once you get there it’s easiest to get around by car. You don’t have to go deep into the wilderness to enjoy the region; in fact, you can see some stunning scenery and gorgeous views right from the road. Whether you are a seasoned adventurer or seeking a more mellow vacation, you will find what you are looking for in the Ruapehu Region of New Zealand. The stunning natural beauty of the area will not disappoint.