New Zealand’s most popular day walk (tongarirocrossing.org.nz) 19.4km track through amazing landscapes. Approx 100,000 walkers annually. Guided walks (adriftnz.co.nz) scenic flights (mountainair.co.nz)
Most popular is Mangatepopo to Ketetahi walk and return by shuttle. See adventurehq.co.nz or tongariroexpeditions.com for more details.
New Zealand’s largest active volcano and is one of 3 volcanoes found in Tongariro National Park, a dual UNESCO world heritage area. Ruapehu has two commercial ski fields, Turoa and Whakapapa. (mtruapehu.com)
Whakapapa has 30 groomed trails, offers free shuttles from National Park and Whakapapa Villages to Whakapapa. Also ski shuttles departing from Taupo (tongariroexpeditions.com) With new all-weather snow making in place for this season, the Happy Valley field is due to open on 3 June 2017
Gear hire from Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (www.mtruapehu.com) new hire shop Snow HQ on Roberts Street – behind The Coffee Club (www.snowhq.com /snow/whakapapa-snow-report), Bus departure outside Dominos Pizza or from Snow HQ ticket office (next to Cobb & Co) Tongariro Street Taupo. Dominos departure location TBC. Take the 8am bus to Whakapapa Skifield, return at 4pm back to Taupo.
Opening weekend Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields
2 – 3 July 2017
Peak to Powderkeg 14 October 2017
Multisport race from Turoa to Ohakune
Taupo Ultra Marathon
14 October 2017
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
25 November 2017
Taupo Summer Concert
George Thorogood, Alanis Morissette, Colin Hay
27 January 2018
Air New Zealand flights to / from Auckland.
Usually 1morning flight and 1afternoon flight. Refer airnewzealand.co.nz for details.
Flights from to / from Wellington, usually 1flight each day. Refer www.soundsair.com for details