Things to Do in the Ruapehu Area

Walks & Tramps

Old Coach RoadClose to the River Rock Cottage are the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks and the Whanganui River. The Tongariro National Park is designated as 'World Heritage' status which recognises the important Maori and spiritual associations as well as the volcanic features.

There are a number of short, medium and long walks in these parks and the area includes two of the New Zealand Great Walks which are the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the Whanganui River Journey.

Mt NgaurauhoeSome of the most popular walks are:

  • Tongariro Northern Circuit
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Great Walk status
  • Mount Ruapehu Crater Lake walk
  • 5 day - Around the Mountain tramp
  • Tawhai Falls walk
  • Silica Rapids walk
  • Whanganui River Journey - Great Walk status

Hunting & Fishing Trips

Trout FishingThere are a number of areas where you can go hunting in the Ruapehu, both in National Parks and on private land. Aotearoa Safaris is your local hunting and fishing guide to show you through the stunning wilderness of the King Country. They provide the "Ultimate Kiwi Hunting and Fishing Experience".

The hunting area for Red Stag is absolute wilderness and offers both Free Range and Fair Chase Estate style hunting. The Central North Island is also renowned as a world class wild freshwater fishing destination and we can offer absolute wilderness fishing in the Whakapapa or Whanganui Rivers by wading or raft for trophy rainbow or brown trout.

Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiing & SnowboardingWithin 40 minutes from River Rock Cottage you can be skiiing or snowboarding on Mount Ruapehu. Both Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas will provide you with more terrain, more choices and more pure freedom to ski, snowboard or play in the snow.

There is a ski and snowboard shop on your way to the mountain just 15 minutes from River Rock Cottage. Stop in at the One Stop Ski Shop in the peaceful and idyllic town of Owhango and stop for morning or afternoon tea at Cafe 39 South.

Mountain Biking

Cycle TrailsMountain Biking has always been popular in the Ruapehu area due to the famous tracks of the 42 Traverse and Fishers Track but now we are seeing this area become the 'mountain biking hub' of New Zealand.

As part of the nationwide 'Cycle Trail' project, there are now 3 main cycle routes that run through the area joining sections of the Ohakune Old Coach Road through to the Bridge to Nowhere and further tracks through the Pureora Forest and Forgotten World Highway through to Stratford.