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NORTH<br />

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The Central Plateau<br />

The Central Plateau covers a large<br />

area in the central North Island of New<br />

Zealand. The heart of the area is the<br />

mountains and volcanic area of the<br />

Tongariro National Park and then it<br />

fans out north past Taupo, to the west<br />

past Taumaranui, and to the south<br />

past Taihape. Each of the towns offer<br />

something unique...<br />

Taupo:<br />

The largest urban area in the Central<br />

Plateau and the 20th in the country, Taupo<br />

is located at the outlet of Lake Taupo, New<br />

Zealand’s largest lake. Taupo is the heart<br />

of volcanic and thermal activity providing<br />

natural hot springs throughout the region.<br />

With the lake and Waikato River on its<br />

doorstep it’s obvious that Taupo is home<br />

to a range of water activities. However,<br />

there is a lot more to Taupo than just the<br />

water. Mountain bike trails and river walks<br />

allow you to get into the outdoors, but if<br />

it's an adventure that you are after, you’ll<br />

find plenty of things to do in Taupo, from<br />

Bungy Jumping, skydiving, jet boating and<br />

paragliding.<br />

Turangi:<br />

On the southern edge of Lake Taupo<br />

you’ll find the town of Turangi. Developed<br />

on the banks of the Tongariro River, it<br />

was originally built to house workers<br />

from the Tongariro hydro-electric power<br />

development project and their families but<br />

is now a hub for outdoor enthusiasts. With<br />

the Kaimanawa Ranges and the Tongariro<br />

River on its doorstep, it offers a range<br />

of outdoor activities, from hiking, biking,<br />

fishing, hunting, skiing, rafting, kayaking<br />

and more.<br />

Taumaranui:<br />

Originally a Maori settlement at the<br />

confluence of the Ongarue River with the<br />

Whanganui, this is where important canoe<br />

routes linked the interior of the island with<br />

the lower Whanganui River settlements.<br />

Its proximity to the Whanganui River<br />

means there are plenty of water activities<br />

on hand and biking trails, such as the<br />

Timber Trail, are close by.<br />

Owhango:<br />

20km south of Taumaranui, you’ll find the<br />

tiny town of Owhango. The Whakapapa<br />

River lies 2km east of the town and<br />

the vast expanse of Tongariro Forest<br />

Conservation Area and bisecting the forest<br />

is one of New Zealand's best mountain<br />

bike rides, the 42 Traverse. The forest also<br />

has excellent tramping, camping and deer<br />

hunting opportunities.<br />

Skydiving over Lake Taupo and the Central Plateau<br />

National Park:<br />

Nestled between the North Island main<br />

trunk railway line and State Highway 4,<br />

lies what for many travelling past would<br />

appear as an unassuming village. From<br />

the highway, travellers will see a petrol<br />

station, pub, hotel and a few houses much<br />

like many other small Kiwi towns they pass<br />

through.<br />

At an altitude of 820 metres, National Park<br />

Village can truly claim the title of New<br />

Zealand’s top town, being the highest<br />

urban township in the country. But that’s<br />

not what makes the village a destination of<br />

choice for thousands of visitors each year.<br />

As its name suggests, National Park<br />

Village is located on the boundary of<br />

Tongariro National Park in the Central<br />

North Island. This makes the village an<br />

ideal base for those wishing to explore<br />

the natural and cultural wonders of New<br />

Zealand's oldest national park and Dual<br />

World Heritage Area, all year round.<br />

Raurimu:<br />

Just 6km north of National Park, is home<br />

to the famous Raurimu Railway Spiral and<br />

a selection of accommodation options set<br />

among and on top of hills offering some of<br />

the best views over the park, there’s also<br />

a pub !<br />

Further south along State Highway 4, lies<br />

Erua where you’ll find a mountain lodge,<br />

backpackers, motel units and access to<br />

a mountain bike park – all at the base of<br />

Hauhungatahi, one of the lesser known,<br />

yet highest volcanoes in New Zealand, at<br />

1,521 metres.<br />

Whakapapa Village:<br />

16km from National Park - meanwhile lies<br />

within the Tongariro National Park and<br />

hosts the historic Chateau Tongariro Hotel,<br />

the Skotel resort hotel, a holiday park, café<br />

and tavern.<br />

Combined these villages offer the best<br />

access to the Whakapapa ski area and<br />

wider Tongariro National Park, along with<br />

an exceptional choice of accommodation<br />

and dining options catering for all budgets<br />

and tastes.<br />

Ohakune:<br />

Located at the southern end of Mt<br />

Ruapehu, Ohakune is the gateway to the<br />

Turoa Ski fields. But it is also a lot more<br />

than just a ski town, with trout fishing,<br />

mountain biking, tramping and bushwalking<br />

all within easy reach of the town.<br />

As well as boasting the famous Ohakune<br />

Carrot (the worlds largest model carrot),<br />

the world's first commercial bungy jumping<br />

site was established just outside Ohakune<br />

at the old railway viaduct. This was<br />

operated during the 1980s until the bridge<br />

became too unsafe to continue operations.<br />

This bridge is now restored and a highlight<br />

of the 'Old Coach Road' walk/bikeway.<br />

Taihape:<br />

South of Ohakune on State Highway 1,<br />

you’ll come across the small settlement of<br />

Taihape. Built near the confluence of the<br />

Hautapu and Rangitikei Rivers, this town<br />

offers a gateway to some great outdoor<br />

adventures. <strong>Home</strong> of the gumboot, Taihape<br />

offers an access to a taste of the “real” NZ.<br />

Why wait?<br />

Adventure starts here<br />

Dual Heritage Tongariro<br />

National Park<br />





Kayaking the Kuratau River<br />

Image compliments of Visit Ruapehu<br />

Water, water everwhere: and most of it you can drink<br />

When we normally write about water<br />

adventure a lot of it is sea based<br />

and salty. The Central Plateau boast<br />

numerous rivers and lakes, the most wellknown<br />

being Lake Taupo. Lake Taupo a<br />

surface area of 616 square kilometres,<br />

is the largest lake by surface area in<br />

New Zealand, and the second largest<br />

in Oceania (after Lake Murray in Papua<br />

New Guinea).<br />

With that amount of aquatic room to<br />

move there is a lot to do. One activity that<br />

gets a lot of coverage is sea kayaking<br />

to visit the water based Maori carvings.<br />

The first question you ask is how did<br />

it get there? The answer is when<br />

traditional marae-taught carver Matahi<br />

Brightwell paddled past a rock alcove<br />

on Lake Taupo in 1976, he had a vision<br />

of a tattooed face. His grandmother, Te<br />

Huatahi Susie Gilbert of Ngati Rauhoto,<br />

Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Maiotaki and<br />

Ngati Whakaue, had asked the young<br />

carver to create a likeness of her ancestor<br />

Ngatoroirangi on a totara tree to create<br />

a permanent connection for her family to<br />

the land. When Matahi arrived in Taupo<br />

there was no totara tree to carve so he<br />

journeyed onto the lake for inspiration.<br />

The rock alcove at Mine Bay became the<br />

canvas for one of the most extraordinary<br />

contemporary artworks New Zealand has<br />

ever seen. Sculpted over the course of<br />

four years and completed in 1980,<br />

There are a range of guided sea kayaking<br />

trip around Taupo some offer longer<br />

trips and kayak hire so you can go solo.<br />

Paddleboarding has also become popular<br />

in recently years and these are also<br />

available for tours or hire.<br />

If you would prefer not to go under your<br />

own steam, there are several charter<br />

yacht companies offering day tours and<br />

overnight options both skippered and<br />

unskippered vessels.<br />

Moving away from the lake the Central<br />

Plateau offers some of the most<br />

significant rivers in New Zealand, some<br />

to cruise and some to play in. Both the<br />

Whanaganui and Waikato have been<br />

used for centuries as a way of getting<br />

around the country now they are used for<br />

paddle canoe cruises. Companies offer a<br />

gambit of options in terms of length and<br />

numbers.<br />

The Whanganui River has been dedicated<br />

as one of New Zealand’s ‘great walks’ –<br />

or should be a great float?<br />

The Waikato river also offer a range of<br />

guided tours the most common around<br />

the Taupo area both one and half day<br />

tours some of which visit some of the<br />

local attraction like the Bungee, Huka falls<br />

etc.<br />

Where there are flowing rivers and<br />

some elevation you will find white water<br />

kayaking – the Central Plateau is a<br />

kayaker’s playground.<br />

The most well-known waterfall would be<br />

Huka Falls which produces breath-taking<br />

power and only extreme adventure gurus<br />

have run it (and its illegal). Below these<br />

falls Aratiatia Rapids which rise with<br />

awesome fury when the control gates<br />

are opened, and this creates a great<br />

spectacle. Its important be aware of when<br />

these food gates are open as people have<br />

been caught unaware. Ngawaapurua<br />

Rapids, downstream from the Aratiatia<br />

Dam, provide real Whitewater sport. A<br />

huge breaking wave dominates the rapids<br />

and a strong back-eddy facilitates reruns.<br />

You can play here for hours -<br />

locally call Full James. The is also<br />

a doc camp site here so it has a<br />

strong community feel.<br />

Another river that rises out of the<br />

sparkling snowfields, rock-strewn<br />

slopes and windswept tussock<br />

plains is one of New Zealand’s<br />

most famous recreational river<br />

systems. The Tongariro; is the<br />

main river flowing into Lake Taupo.<br />

It is both a renowned rainbow trout<br />

fishery and a mecca for rafting and<br />

kayaking enthusiasts. The most<br />

popular run is a 3-hour, Grade 3,<br />

full-on rafting experience through<br />

60 rapids on the Lower Tongariro.<br />

The put in is at the Poutu water<br />

intake on the Waikato Falls Road<br />

and the takeout is on the true left<br />

bank of the Red Hut Pool.<br />

Often forgotten the Whakapapa<br />

River this is the major tributary of<br />

the Whanganui and offers good<br />

Grade 3 – 4 rapids after heavy<br />

rainfall. The put in is the Rangipo<br />

Hydro Scheme intake structure off<br />

S.H.47. Experience is needed to<br />

negotiate the tight chutes between<br />

boulders and some rapids may<br />

need to be portaged. The takeout<br />

is below Owhango on S.H.4 before<br />

the river joins the Whanganui.<br />

Another little gem is the Mangakino<br />

Stream, which flows into Lake<br />

Maraetai south east of Mangakino<br />

township. Put in at the Sandels<br />

Road bridge after heavy rain and<br />

ride some bouncy Grade 3 rapids<br />

down to the lake.<br />

This is just a small collection of<br />

what is available in the region<br />

Basically if there is any sort of<br />

rafting operation in the area there<br />

will be good kayaking – stick to<br />

your limitations.<br />

Viewing the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo<br />

Image compliments of Sail Barbary<br />

Canoeing the Whanganui River<br />

Image compliments of Visit Ruapehu<br />

Lastly a phenomenon that has grown<br />

in popularity because of tourism is jet<br />

boating the most famous being the<br />

Huka jet. Which is a white knuckle<br />

tour for a close up look at the bottom<br />

of the Huka Falls, flying over shallow<br />

water, spins and turn like a natural<br />

roller coaster ride. Jet boat tour<br />

operators are now available on most<br />

of the major rivers.<br />

Jetboating the Whanganui River<br />

Image compliments of Visit Ruapehu<br />

Water is the basis of so many<br />

activities in the Central plateau<br />

region. The natural central free flow<br />

out to the edges of the region create a<br />

playground that offers an experience,<br />

an activity, a sport, a recreation –<br />

something for everyone.<br />


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rafting for<br />

everyone<br />

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Grade 2 family fun trip<br />

Image compliments of Rafting New Zealand<br />



Rafting:<br />

There are a few commercially<br />

raftable rivers in the Central<br />

Plateau; the Tongariro and<br />

the Rangitikei. Both rivers<br />

offer options for day trips and<br />

overnight experiences so you'll<br />

find something to suit your<br />

needs. Some of the best fun<br />

you'll ever have!<br />

Rafting on the Tongariro River with Rafting New Zealand<br />

Image compliments of Rafting New Zealand<br />

Tongariro River:<br />

The headwaters of the Tongariro originate in the Central Plateau and wind their way down through<br />

the towns of Turangi until it arrives at Lake Taupo. This is New Zealand’s most fished river, but it<br />

also proves an excellent choice for rafting.<br />

There are three main white water sections which provide excellent rafting options, with two<br />

gorges which are usually considered unpaddleable, (Tree Trunk Gorge and Waikato Gorge). The<br />

river levels are controlled by the dam and two of the three sections are only able to be rafted on<br />

the release days of the dam. The lower section of the Tongariro River offers a family friendly<br />

experience to give a taste for first time rafters or younger children.<br />

Section Put in Take Out Difficulty Length Time<br />

Access 14 Rangipo Dam Tree Trunk Gorge Grade 4 5.7km 1-3 hrs<br />

Access 13 Tree Trunk Gorge Waikato Gorge Grade 3+ 5.3km 2-3 hours<br />

Access 10 Poutu Intake Blue Pool Grade 3 13km 2-4 hours<br />

Scenic beauty on the Tongariro River<br />

Image compliments of Rafting New Zealand<br />

Access 14 has a put in just below the Rangipo Dam and is the highest<br />

and most narrow section of the raftable section of the Tongariro. It is<br />

graded a 4, although there are only a few grade 4 rapids, however, the<br />

continuity of the grade 3+ sections and the inability to walk out means<br />

it keeps its grade 4 status. Also care needs to be taken to ensure that<br />

the takeout is not missed, as just below this is Tree Trunk Gorge, which<br />

could be fatal if entered on a release day.<br />

Access 13 has a more difficult access and requires a walk in and<br />

out and rafts have to be dropped down a 15m cliff into the river. It is<br />

rated a 3+ and also has a critical takeout point just above Waikato<br />

Gorge, another section of the river that could prove fatal. The riverbed<br />

through this section is small, containing the rapids and making them<br />

steeper. Due to the accessibility, this section of the river is rarely rafted<br />

commercially.<br />

Access 10 is the most popular section of the river and most actively<br />

rafted, due to the ease of access and the year round flow levels allow<br />

rafting daily on this part of the Tongariro. There are over 60 Grade 3<br />

rapids making for an excellent half day on the river. Take out is at Blue<br />

Pool or you can choose to continue down to Turangi township, this<br />

part of the river offers a fantastic grade 2 rafting experience, where as<br />

young as three years of age can take part in the thrill of rafting.<br />

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Rafting the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River<br />

The upper Rangitaiki River - Images compliments of River Rats<br />

Rangitikei River:<br />

Rangitaiki River:<br />

One of New Zealand’s longest rivers, the Rangitikei’s<br />

headwaters are to the south east of Lake Taupo and<br />

the river flows through the central plateau past Taihape<br />

and Mangakiwa, before heading out to the coast south<br />

of Whanganui. The grade of the river varies over the<br />

185km stretch ranging from grade 1 through to grade 5,<br />

all sections are raftable, it just depends on what you are<br />

looking for.<br />

Due to the length and nature of the river, a multiday trip<br />

is a great way to experience the area however there are<br />

plenty of options to do day trips of varying degrees of<br />

difficulty. The scenery is spectacular and secluded and<br />

offers real variety.<br />

The highlight for white water enthusiasts is the grade 5<br />

section that ends at River Valley Lodge just out of Taihape.<br />

This 11km section of river starts with grade 2-3 rapids and<br />

builds to a section of the river with 10 major rapids, from<br />

Grade 3+ - Grade 5 line up one after the other.<br />

Rangitaiki River<br />

Rangitaiki River<br />

Tongariro River<br />

Rangitikei River<br />

Situated 45 minutes from Rotorua or around 1 hour from Taupo,<br />

there are two sections to the Rangitaiki River; the upper section is a<br />

busy class 3 – 4 section and lower down there is a grade 2 section<br />

suitable for children as young as 5.<br />

The upper section requires good teamwork but without the drops<br />

experienced on the grade 5 offerings it doesn’t feel as scary. It runs<br />

through a beautiful river valley with a mix of native and plantation<br />

forest.<br />

The lower section runs through a stunning rock gorge with lots of<br />

freshwater springs trickling into the river that you can stop and drink<br />

from, there is even a spot to get out for a shower under a stunning<br />

spring fed waterfall making for some great shots to ensure you have<br />

a strong Instagram game. There are plenty of opportunities<br />

to float down smaller rapids or swim in the calm pools. It has a few<br />

bigger rapids but they are just nice rolling wave trains with not many<br />

obstacles to avoid making it a great option for families or those<br />

looking to experience the scenery without too much excitement.<br />

The lower Rangitaiki River - Images compliments of River Rats<br />


Recommended:<br />

Rafting New Zealand are based in Turangi and have been<br />

operating for over 25 years and is New Zealand’s most awarded<br />

rafting Company. A part-Iwi owned business along with Luke and<br />

Pianika Boddington, Rafting New Zealand was established in<br />

1991.RNZ love to raft and love to share their passion for rafting<br />

rivers with all their clients, this enthusiasm for their excellent<br />

product is infectious and helps to create the unique experience<br />

that is white water rafting with Rafting New Zealand.<br />

Rafting New Zealand first began as Rock ‘n’ River Adventures in<br />

1991. It’s founders Rod Brown (Pianika’s dad), and Tui Brabyn,<br />

had a vision to operate, not necessarily the biggest, but definitely<br />

the best white water rafting business in Aotearoa (New Zealand).<br />

This vision is realised and continued today.<br />

Rafting New Zealand offers a range of rafting adventures from<br />

their Grade 2 family fun trips, suitable for the whole family,<br />

through to their Grade 3 White Water adventures and raft/<br />

fishing adventures. They also offer multi-day trips camping on<br />

the banks of the river. For more information check them out at<br />

raftingnewzealand.com.<br />

kaituna RIVER<br />

grade 5<br />

quality<br />

adventures<br />

for over<br />

35<br />

years<br />

Kaituna River:<br />

On the border between the central plateau<br />

and the Bay of Plenty, lies the Kaituna River.<br />

Beginning at the outflow of Lake Rotorua<br />

and Lake Rotama, the river flows north until<br />

it reaches the coast near Te Puke. The top<br />

section of the river, near Okere Falls is where<br />

the white water begins and has been rafted and<br />

kayaked since the early 1990's.<br />

One of the main draw cards to rafting the<br />

Kaituna is that you get to run the highest<br />

commercially rafted waterfall in the world, the<br />

Tutea Falls. The 7 meter drop is super exciting<br />

and suitable for anyone over the age of 13.<br />

The Kaituna River has been run regularly<br />

by kayak enthusiasts and rafters since 1991<br />

and has become a winter destination for<br />

paddlers from the northern hemisphere. There<br />

is a slalom course that has been used by<br />

international teams for off-season training at<br />

the entrance to the upper gorge which itself<br />

contains a number of play features including<br />

the famous “bottom hole”.<br />

Tutea Falls on the Kaituna River - Images compliments of River Rats<br />

River Valley Lodge and adventure company, is conveniently<br />

placed at the end of the Grade 5 white water rafting section of<br />

the Rangitikei River. It is also the start point for several more<br />

leisurely river trips. This Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River<br />

has been placed amongst the top 8 rafting trips in the world by<br />

the international brand, Red Bull. River Valley Lodge has been<br />

operating for over 30 years and has grown to meet the demands<br />

of the changing market.<br />

What you will find at River Valley Lodge is a destination where<br />

you can have fun on the river, choosing from a mix of day trips<br />

and multi-day trips. Multi-day trips involve camping on the river<br />

bank at night and exploring new stretches of the river by day.<br />

They are a fun option for families or groups of friends.<br />

There is no better way to explore the countryside, this beautiful<br />

hill country, than by horse. Treks from a half-day to eight days will<br />

be operating from October.<br />

A River Valley Lodge stay, need not be just about rafting or<br />

riding horses. The Lodge is also a great place to relax. There<br />

are several short walks, a great swimming hole in the river, two<br />

saunas and a spa, and plenty of places to just relax with a book.<br />

River Valley Lodge is presently open for meals and<br />

accommodation. Adventure activities, both on the river, or by<br />

horse, will resume no later than the 1st October 2020, and<br />

possibly earlier. Check out their website rivervalley.co.nz, to<br />

start planning a stay at River Valley.<br />

River Rats Raft & Kayak have been operating for 38 years and<br />

have a wide range of trips so there is something for everyone.<br />

The most popular trip is the Kaituna situated 20 minutes from<br />

Rotorua, it features the world’s highest commercially rafted<br />

waterfall, the awesome 7m Tutea falls. Although the trip provides<br />

full on action it is suitable for adventurous beginners as all the<br />

major drops run into calm water making it very forgiving for a<br />

grade 5 trip. As well as the drops it has stunning scenery and<br />

some fun surf holes.<br />

River Rats also offers Grade 5 rafting on the Wairoa River and<br />

grade 3-4 or grade 2 options on Rangitaiki Rivers and kayaking<br />

on Rotorua's lakes. On Lake Rotoiti there are hot pools right on<br />

the lake edge and fed from a natural hot spring. The paddle is<br />

around an hour each way with plenty of time to relax and enjoy<br />

the hot pools. In summer there is an evening option with a BBQ<br />

dinner at the hot pools followed by a sunset kayak to a hidden<br />

glow worm cave.<br />

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Hooked on Fishing:<br />

Worldwide, New Zealand is renowned<br />

for its trout fishing and there is no better<br />

location than the Central Plateau. We<br />

can’t cover every aspect in these few<br />

pages, but it will give you a taste of what<br />

is on offer.<br />

Almost every river, stream and lake in the<br />

region has some ‘trout’ potential. Some<br />

have world recognition like Lake Taupo<br />

and the mighty Tongariro River (ranked<br />

one of the best trout fishing rivers in the<br />

world) but there are numerous rivers<br />

and lakes many with easy access. Bank<br />

walking, wading and boating are options<br />

and provide superb fishing throughout<br />

the region. Licenses are inexpensive<br />

even guided trips are amazing value for<br />

money.<br />

Nearly all of the central North Island<br />

rivers and streams hold good numbers<br />

of wild rainbow and brown trout, with<br />

numerous on-and-off road access points<br />

providing you with a wide choice from<br />

small streams, spring creeks and lakes<br />

to large rivers such as the renowned<br />

Whakapapa and Tongariro. Most of these<br />

major rivers also have smaller tributaries<br />

of which many carry good fish.<br />

If you employ a guide, (there are plenty<br />

online or ask a local store) many have<br />

access through private farmlands,<br />

providing clients with an off-the-beatentrack<br />

experience in almost untouched<br />

back country rivers and streams. Or<br />

you can venture into the remote ‘back<br />

country’ yourself, where you will not see<br />

a footprint all day. These back-country<br />

fish have not been fished or even seen<br />

a fishing rod, many are resident in these<br />

rivers and grow to an impressive size.<br />

Access can be a little more complicated<br />

and it pays to go with a guide the first<br />

time to anywhere too ‘remote’.<br />



Fishing on Lake Taupo - Image compliments of Great Lake Taupo<br />


The Tongariro River:<br />

Hinemaiaia:<br />

Tauranga-Taupo:<br />

Sunrise on the Tongariro River - Image compliments of Great Lake Taupo<br />

The Tongariro River near Turangi has won<br />

a well-deserved reputation as one of the<br />

world's foremost fishing experiences. In<br />

winter, an estimated 10,000 rainbows and<br />

over 1000 browns migrate up it to reach<br />

the spawning beds.<br />

The river is wide and fast-flowing in places,<br />

with long gravel runs, rocky stretches<br />

and deep lies but there is easy access,<br />

even directly off the motorway. The fishing<br />

pools are not only historic but legendary<br />

among angler worldwide: Major Jones,<br />

The Admiral's Pool, The Judge's Pool, The<br />

Hydro, Red Hut, Kamahi, The Duchess...<br />

During rainbow trout migrations<br />

out of lake Taupo through<br />

April to September the lower<br />

Hinemaiaia offers great fly<br />

fishing, especially. The river<br />

generally runs very clear and is<br />

ideal for nymphing as well as<br />

dry and wet fly. Its banks are<br />

overgrown, but trails give good<br />

access. The fish often lie deep<br />

and close to the bank, making<br />

them a challenge to cast too.<br />

The middle reaches of<br />

the 'TT' as it is called offer<br />

easy access off the main<br />

highway and casting and<br />

good fish between March<br />

and September for dry, lure<br />

and nymph fishing. In places<br />

the bank is very high, and it<br />

is easy to see trout laying in<br />

the deeper pools.<br />

Guided Fly Fishing:<br />

The Big Lake:<br />

Te Whaiau Canal:<br />

Whanganui:<br />

Regardless your ability to fly-fish,<br />

highly skilled or novice, fishing lake<br />

or river you will have something to<br />

meet your budget and time frame.<br />

Whether it’s a half day learning on<br />

the bank of the Tongariro river for<br />

first timers or a day trolling around<br />

Lake Taupo with the family, there is<br />

something for everyone.<br />

Local guides know where to go,<br />

what to use and how to use it. From<br />

half day introduction package to<br />

full week away in the hills, drive in<br />

– walking or even helicopter. Most<br />

guides will provide all the gear and<br />

organise a licence. Be prepared<br />

most guides will not let you keep the<br />

fish you catch but you will get some<br />

great memories and photos.<br />

New Zealand's largest lake (surface area of 616sq<br />

km) is situated in the middle of the North Island on a<br />

volcanic plateau 359 metres above sea level. Due to<br />

its very cold clean water and abundant food sources it<br />

produces huge numbers of well-conditioned fish. It is<br />

very deep in places (up to 185 metres) but has many<br />

areas that provide excellent shoreline fishing. Some<br />

of the best areas for shoreline angling are around the<br />

many stream mouths where fish congregate during the<br />

warmer months and to which they migrate during the<br />

winter spawning runs.<br />

The most popular method for fishing the lake is trolling,<br />

including leadline trolling, wire lining, or the use of<br />

downriggers to troll at a deeper level. Jigging the dropoffs<br />

and fly-fishing around the lake shore and at river<br />

mouths are also popular methods (though note that<br />

boat fishing is not permitted around many of the points<br />

where rivers and streams enter the lake).<br />

The Te Whaiau Canal is short slow<br />

moving and deep. It generally<br />

has steep banks with quite dense<br />

vegetation coming down to the<br />

water’s edge. There are few areas<br />

however where the land opens up<br />

allowing for good casting. Much of<br />

the length of this water is difficult<br />

to both find a good place to stand<br />

and cast from. The fish numbers,<br />

particularly early and late in the<br />

season can be very high and the<br />

fish tend to free risers. During the<br />

warmer months they can often be<br />

seen chasing emerging insects.<br />

That said they are often very difficult<br />

to fool and will rise close to anglers<br />

yet reject even the most beautifully<br />

presented fly.<br />

The upper river rises in the Tongariro National Park and<br />

connects with Lake Otamangakau and the Whakapapa river.<br />

It runs through beautiful native forest, spectacular gorges and<br />

farmland. This river has a reputation for rising quickly so it<br />

pays to keep an eye on the weather forecast. The Wanganui<br />

river generally clear, easy to fish and contains a good number<br />

of trout and is renowned to have some large specimens.<br />

Whakapapa:<br />

The Whakapapa is a large, clear river with some wild rapids,<br />

deep pools and long boulder runs that flows down from<br />

Mt Ruapehu it runs through rugged country which is not<br />

advisable for the inexperienced. Lower down it features many<br />

kilometres of spectacular and productive wilderness fishing.<br />

But the upper reaches you need to know what you are doing<br />

and again be watchful of the weather.<br />

Trout fishing anywhere in the world give you great access to<br />

some of the most unique and beautiful aspect of the country.<br />

But trout fishing in the Central Plateau is like nowhere else it is<br />

varied, spectacular, full of history and legend. It offer something<br />

for everyone, from kids fishing at the Turangi Trout Farm to heli<br />

trip to the back of beyond. Your only limitation is time.<br />




Hiking:<br />

The Central Plateau offers a range of hiking options; from the<br />

shores of Lake Taupo through to the Kaimanawa Forest and<br />

Pureora Forest Park, but nothing quite beats the draw of the<br />

Tongariro National Park.<br />

Tongariro National Park is a land of volcanic wonders –<br />

steaming craters, alpine rock gardens, surreal lakes and<br />

tumbling waterfalls. Its hiking trails offer spectacular winter trips<br />

complete with solitude and a backdrop of snowy peaks.<br />

The 600-hectare national park is centred on three volcanoes,<br />

Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. In their foothills,<br />

Okahune, National Park and Whakapapa Village make great<br />

bases for exploration, as do other little Ruapehu region towns<br />

within easy reach.<br />

Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park, established<br />

in 1887. It holds dual UNESCO World Heritage status for its<br />

cultural significance as well as its outstanding natural features.<br />

The park’s striking natural beauty is the result of two million<br />

years of volcanic activity. Ruapehu and Tongariro are two of the<br />

most active composite volcanoes in the world.<br />

Winter crossing of the Tongariro National Park<br />

Image compliments of Visit Ruapehu<br />


Know before you go:<br />

Even experienced trampers have<br />

come unstuck in this extreme<br />

environment. The weather can be<br />

especially unpredictable in winter,<br />

with big temperature drops and heavy<br />

downpours that can make streams and<br />

rivers dangerous or impassable. There<br />

are also volcanic hazards, so it’s vital to<br />

obey all warnings and signs.<br />

Check in with the Visitor Centre at<br />

Whakapapa for advice, forecasts<br />

and hut bookings. The Walks in<br />

and around Tongariro National Park<br />

brochure has further detail on these<br />

tramps and others in the national park.<br />

A topographical map is essential for<br />

longer walks.<br />

Above and right: Hiking in the Tongariro National Park - Image compliments of Visit Ruapehu<br />

Day Walks:<br />

Tongariro National<br />

Park’s spectacular day<br />

walks venture into all<br />

corners and will keep<br />

you occupied for a<br />

solid week.<br />

Tongariro Alpine Crossing:<br />

7–8 hr<br />

Snowy surrounds and low crowds make winter a fabulous time to hike<br />

the Crossing, but you’ll need to go with a guide unless you’re an expert<br />

alpine tramper. This challenging track starts at 1120m and winds up<br />

the Mangatepopo Valley to the saddle between Mts Tongariro and<br />

Ngauruhoe. You’re into crater territory as you reach the crossing’s<br />

highpoint at 1886m.<br />

The descent is via a rock scree track to the vivid Emerald Lakes/<br />

Ngā Rotopounamu (greenstone-hued lakes) and Blue Lake/Te Waiwhakaata-o-te-Rangihiroa<br />

(Rangihiroa’s mirror). The track then sidles<br />

around the northern slope of Tongariro to descend via a zigzag track<br />

past Ketetahi Shelter and down to the road end.<br />

Attempting the Tongariro<br />

Alpine Crossing in winter is a<br />

very different experience than<br />

during other times of the year.<br />

From May to October, snow<br />

and ice mean alpine skills<br />

and experience are essential.<br />

Therefore, the best and safest<br />

way to enjoy the Crossing in<br />

its full alpine glory is to go with<br />

guide. Two Tongariro Alpine<br />

Crossing guiding companies,<br />

with decades of experience<br />

and approved by the<br />

Department of Conservation,<br />

operate from National Park<br />

Village - Adrift Tongariro and<br />

Adventure Outdoors Tongariro,<br />

and can guide you safely<br />

across this incredible, yet risky,<br />

wintery wonderland.<br />

Multi Day Walks:<br />

Round the Mountain Track:<br />

Tama Lakes Tramping Track:<br />

Lake Surprise:<br />

There are two classic multi-day tramps in<br />

Tongariro: the Northern Circuit Great Walk<br />

and the Round the Mountain Track.<br />

The Tongariro Northern Circuit:<br />

3–4 days<br />

One of New Zealand’s Great Walks, this tramp can<br />

be completed in the winter months by experienced<br />

trampers with all the right gear, preparation and<br />

favourable conditions.<br />

It’s usually started in Whakapapa Village and walked<br />

clockwise, winding first to Mangetepopo Hut to join the<br />

Alpine Crossing with its craters and surreal lakes. The<br />

circuit then continues down the spectacular Oturere<br />

Valley and around Mt Ngauruhoe’s foothills towards<br />

historic Waihohonu Hut.<br />

The final day sees you hike over Tama saddle between<br />

Ngauruhoe & Ruapehu – with a possible detour to<br />

the must-see Tama Lakes – before heading past the<br />

tumbling Taranaki Falls to return to Whakapapa Village.<br />

4–6 days<br />

A more remote and advanced adventure than the<br />

Northern Circuit, this unforgettable tramp traverses<br />

a variety of landscapes from mountain beech forest,<br />

tussock country and alpine herbfields, to desert lands<br />

and glacial river valleys.<br />

As much of the track passes through alpine terrain,<br />

it is recommended that winter trips are completed<br />

with a guide. The rest of the year it can be walked by<br />

experienced, well-prepared trampers when the weather<br />

is favourable.<br />

Starting at Whakapapa, it heads clockwise around Mt<br />

Ruapehu taking in many of the park’s most famous<br />

sights: Taranaki Falls, Tama Lakes, Waitonga Falls,<br />

Lake Surprise and Silica Rapids. It also takes in the<br />

Rangipo desert, with its barren and peculiar beauty. Six<br />

huts along the way each have their own character, too.<br />

5–6 hr<br />

This memorable walk starts at Whakapapa Village<br />

along the Taranaki Falls Track with all its interesting<br />

landforms and gushing streams. At the top of Taranaki<br />

Falls, the track branches off through rolling tussock<br />

country and alpine herbfields towards Tama Lakes.<br />

Beyond the lower lake viewpoint (1240m), the track<br />

climbs steeply to a 1440m-viewpoint of the upper lake.<br />

Tama Lakes occupy several old explosion craters on<br />

Tama Saddle between Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe. In<br />

winter, it’s essential to check in with Whakapapa Visitor<br />

Centre on the current trail conditions.<br />

Old Blyth Tramping Track:<br />

4–5 hr<br />

Starting on the Ohakune Mountain Road, this track partly<br />

follows the historic route up Mt Ruapehu through significant<br />

vegetation including mixed beech forest. When Blyth Track<br />

was constructed in the early 1900s, much of the route was<br />

through alpine bog; you can see the remains of ‘corduroy’<br />

laid across the muddy surface. Return the same way or<br />

walk out to the Mountain Road via the Waitonga Falls/<br />

Round the Mountain Tramping Track, and then walk back<br />

down the road – the views are epic.<br />

5 hrs<br />

Few walks are as aptly named this, but a hidden lake<br />

isn’t the only surprise on this amazing day out. Starting<br />

high on Mt Ruapehu, this advanced trail heads through<br />

epic boulder fields, bluffs and scree slopes with alpine<br />

gardens boasting a colourful array of flowers, lichens and<br />

moss. A climb into Mangaturuturu Valley follows a waterfall<br />

flowing over an ancient lava cascade. You’ll also pass a<br />

70-year-old tramping hut, nestled amongst stunted forest.<br />

Ever-changing views stretch from Ruapehu’s peak to the<br />

edges of the volcanic plateau. The lake itself is tranquil and<br />

untouched. The trail starts 20 minutes’ drive up Ohakune<br />

Mountain Road.<br />

Historic Waihohonu Hut:<br />

3 hr<br />

It’s well worth the half-day return hike to see this historic<br />

hut, especially as you’ll get up close to the strange terrain<br />

of the Rangipo desert, deep beech forest, and tussockland.<br />

Built in 1903/04 as a stopover for stagecoaches, it’s<br />

constructed of a double layer of corrugated iron with a layer<br />

of pumice between. No longer used for accommodation, the<br />

hut is preserved as an historical building and is classified by<br />

the Heritage New Zealand. This track starts off the Desert<br />

Rd (SH1), signposted 35km south of Turangi.<br />


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Short Walks:<br />

A series of short nature trails in Tongariro<br />

National Park take in the various habitats home<br />

to fascinating and diverse native flora and<br />

fauna, and are a great way to get to know the<br />

park’s places and stories.<br />

Taranaki Falls:<br />

2 hr<br />

A popular short walk form Whakapapa Village, this track’s upper and lower sections<br />

form a loop and cross a variety of landforms along the way. It also offers spectacular<br />

long-range views, and takes in various alpine vegetation types including pretty alpine<br />

shrublands and beech forest. On a clear day Ngauruhoe’s symmetrical cone and<br />

the older, eroded mountains of Tongariro and Pukekaikiore can be seen. There are<br />

plenty of lovely sights along Wairere Stream, too, including Taranaki Falls tumbling<br />

20 metres over a 15,000-year-old lava flow.<br />

Silica Rapids:<br />

Plenty of beautiful scenery to be found in the Tongariro National Park - Image compliments of Visit Ruapehu<br />

2 hr 30 min<br />

This is a slightly longer outing, also starting near<br />

the visitor centre in Whakapapa. It begins along<br />

Whakapapanui Stream, meandering through beech<br />

forest to meet the turn off to Silica Rapids. The track<br />

soon crosses a bubbling stream with a gold coloured<br />

bed caused by iron oxide clays from upstream swamps.<br />

There’s some lovely alpine vegetation along this walk<br />

and some delightful birdlife, too.<br />

Skyline via the Sky Waka:<br />

1.5–2 hrs<br />

A ride on Mt Ruapehu’s new state-of-the-art Sky Waka<br />

gondola is a must for any visitor to the national park.<br />

It whizzes you up in six unforgettable minutes to New<br />

Zealand’s highest café, on Knoll Ridge (2020m).<br />

Depending on snow conditions and your level of alpine<br />

experience, it may be possible to head further up the<br />

mountain, but check with the Whakapapa Visitor Centre<br />

or local guide companies first.<br />

Whakapapanui Walking Track:<br />

2 hr<br />

Another good leg-stretch from Whakapapa Village, this<br />

trail begins just beyond the visitor centre, following the<br />

gorgeous Whakapapanui Stream through beech forest<br />

to reach the road 3km below Whakapapa Village. Take<br />

in the epic mountain views as you walk back up to the<br />

village via the highway, or return back along the forest<br />

trail keeping an eye out for the endangered whio/blue<br />

duck.<br />


Waitonga Falls Track:<br />

1.5 hrs<br />

You can walk to the national park’s highest waterfall<br />

on a well-formed track through mountain beech and<br />

kaikawaka (mountain cedar) forest. The track also<br />

passes Rotokawa, an alpine bog where the reflection<br />

of Mt Ruapehu can be seen on still days. The Falls<br />

themselves are 39m high and quite the sight! This track<br />

begins high on Ohakune Mountain Road, around 11km<br />

from town.<br />

Timber Trail, Pureora Forest<br />


Biking:<br />

There are so many<br />

bike trails in the Central<br />

Plateau, too many to list<br />

here. So we've chosen<br />

a couple that you can<br />

access from each of the<br />

major towns in the area.<br />




Maramataha Suspension Bridge on the Timber Trail - Image compliments of Visit Ruapehu<br />

Riders on the 42nd Traverse - Image compliments of Visit Ruapehu<br />

From Taupo:<br />

From Turangi:<br />

From National Park:<br />

1. Craters of the Moon (50km worth of<br />

trails)<br />

Grade 1-5<br />

This mountain bike park, situated just<br />

north of Lake Taupo, offers tracks for<br />

every level of rider, from family friendly<br />

trails to those for the more experienced<br />

riders. Some offer excellent views of the<br />

lake and river. Spend an hour or a full<br />

day exploring the trails.<br />

2. The Timber Trail (87km)<br />

Grade 2-3 (easy to intermediate)<br />

2 days<br />

This backcountry adventure starts in the<br />

Pureora Forest Village, between Te Kuiti<br />

and Mangakino. The first day is graded<br />

intermediate due to the initial climb. There<br />

is accommodation at the end of the day<br />

that needs to be booked in advance<br />

or you can chose to camp. Day two is<br />

considered easy to intermediate. Over<br />

the two days you’ll experience incredible<br />

scenery, suspension bridges and ancient<br />

native forests.<br />

3. Great Lake Trail 71km)<br />

Grade 3<br />

6 hours<br />

Considered by some, one of the best Grade<br />

3 cycle trails in the country. This trail follows<br />

the northeastern shoreline of Lake Taupo.<br />

This is an all-weather, all-seasons travese<br />

through native forest with incredible views<br />

across the lake towards the volcanoes of<br />

the Tongariro National Park.<br />

The trail has three distinct sections and can<br />

be ridden in one day if your fitness allows.<br />

Waihaha to Kotukutuku Stream (31km)<br />

Begins 54km from Taupo, highlights include<br />

a fun and flowing trail and biking over the<br />

Kotukutuku Waterfall. From here a water<br />

taxi will take you to the start of the next<br />

section.<br />

Whangamata Road to Kawakawa Bay and<br />

Kinloch (18km)<br />

This section begins with a graded climb to<br />

Rocky lookout, but it's worth the effort for<br />

the fantastic views.<br />

Kinlock to Whakaipo Bay (14km)<br />

The final section climbs gently over the<br />

Headland to Whakaipo Bay. You can do an<br />

additional 10km loop of the headland if you<br />

wish or continue to the finish at Whakaipo<br />

Bay. If you still have energy to burn then<br />

continue to ride another 13km to Taupo via<br />

Acacia Bay.<br />

4. Tongariro River Trail (15km loop)<br />

Grade 2<br />

1-2 hours<br />

Starting in Turangi, follow the<br />

Tongariro River, through farmland,<br />

native bush and across swing<br />

bridges. Multiple entry points and an<br />

easy ride with family. The Tongariro<br />

National Trout Hatchery makes for a<br />

great stop on the way.<br />

5. Tree Trunk Gorge (12km one way)<br />

Grade 3-4<br />

2-4 hours<br />

Situated on the eastern side of the<br />

mountain ranges this track takes you<br />

through river crossings and magnificent<br />

beech forest in the Kaimanawa Forest<br />

Park.<br />

6.Te Iringa (38km)<br />

Grade 5<br />

4-6 hours<br />

A track for expert riders only set in<br />

the backcountry of the Kaimanawa<br />

Forest Park. Navigating steep hills,<br />

fallen trees, and wetlands this track will<br />

challenge the most avid rider.<br />

7. Fishers Track (17km)<br />

Grade 2<br />

2-3 hours one way<br />

From the National Park Railway<br />

Station, Fishers Track is a mostly<br />

downhill trail with great views of the<br />

National Park mountains as well as<br />

Mt Taranaki (on a clear day).<br />

8. Marton Sash and Door<br />

Tramway (13.8km)<br />

Grade 2<br />

2 hour loop<br />

Leaving from National Park Village,<br />

the trail follows a recovered<br />

bush tramway route and some<br />

backcountry dirt roads past a mix of<br />

native forest and pine plantations.<br />

9.The Pines Tracks (10km worth of<br />

trails)<br />

Grade 3-4<br />

This mountain bike park, not far from<br />

National Park Village, offers trails for<br />

the intermediate to advanced riders.<br />

10. 42nd Traverse (46km)<br />

Grade 3-4<br />

4-7 hours<br />

Bike along the 42nd Traverse<br />

following an old logging road through<br />

the remote and rugged landscape<br />

of the Tongariro National Park.<br />

Start point 19km from National Park<br />

Village.<br />

There are a number of challegning<br />

sections on one of NZ most iconic<br />

mountain bike rides known for its long<br />

and rutted downhills.<br />

The track surfaces are often rutted<br />

with gravel and mud, and there are<br />

plenty of stream crossings and uphill<br />

sections to challenge you.<br />

Although the trail can be ridden either<br />

direction it is recommended that you<br />

start at Kapoors road end and finish<br />

in Owhanga. If you look at the crosssection<br />

map you can see why.<br />

Cross section of the 42nd Traverse<br />

Image compliments of DOC<br />


Old Coach Road Trail - Image compliments of Visit Ruapehu<br />

Bikers on the Mountain to Sea Trail - Image compliments of Visit Ruapehu<br />

From Ohakune:<br />

11. Lakes Reserve (1.6km loop)<br />

Grade 1 (great for families)<br />

An easy loop ride that takes you<br />

around Lakes Reserve a short ride from<br />

Ohakune.<br />

12. Old Coach Road (15km one way)<br />

Grade 2<br />

2-4 hours one way<br />

Follow the old coach road that joins the<br />

two railheads of the never completed<br />

Northern Trunk Line in the 1900’s. The<br />

trail goes through farmland, native<br />

forest and across historic viaducts and<br />

tunnels. See the information centre in<br />

Ohakune for shuttle services to the start<br />

and you'll be able to bike back to the<br />

centre of Ohakune. The trail is varied<br />

and scenic with plenty of historical<br />

landmarks to break up the journey.<br />

You'll can finish off at the famed<br />

Powderkeg, a great place to reward<br />

yourself with a drink for your efforts.<br />

13. Rangataua Loop Track (18.7km)<br />

Grade 2-3<br />

Beautiful views of Ohakune and some<br />

beautiful New Zealand farms including<br />

great views of Mt Ruapehu along most<br />

of Ratamaire Road! The ride uses<br />

sealed roads and unsealed farm roads.<br />

14. Ruatiti Road and Middle Road<br />

(45km)<br />

Grade 3<br />

3-5 hours one way<br />

This gravel road is the link between<br />

the Ohakune Old Coach Road at<br />

Horopito and the Mangapurua Track<br />

which leads to the Whanganui<br />

National Park. Start at Horopito, just<br />

out from Ohakune, and follow the road<br />

alongside the Manganu-o-te-ao River<br />

to a great free camping and picnic<br />

spot in the Ruatiti Domain. Usually<br />

completed as part of the Mountains<br />

to Sea track but can be done alone.<br />

Mainly downhill, however there are<br />

some steep climbs towards the end.<br />

Multi Day Trips:<br />

15. Mountains to Sea (297km)<br />

Grade 2-3 (easy to intermediate) Plus<br />

one section of advanced terrain.<br />

1-6 days<br />

This trail takes you from the fringes<br />

of Mt Ruapehu to the coastal town of<br />

Whanganui, through alpine mountains<br />

and native forest. The track uses local<br />

biking tails, public roads and even a<br />

jet boat ride. You can choose to do<br />

sections of the track or the whole trail.<br />

There is plenty to see and great places<br />

to stop along the way.<br />

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Grading system:<br />

Grade 1-2 = Easy: Flat. Few obstacles.<br />

Grade 2-3 = Intermediate: Moderately<br />

steep. Uneven terrain with some<br />

obstacles.<br />

Grade 3-4 = Advanced: Some technical<br />

terrain and limited alternate lines.<br />

Grade 4-5 = Expert: Mostly technical<br />

terrain. Advanced features with no<br />

alternate routes<br />

Terrain Park: With multiple rides and<br />

trails.<br />

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Skiing the volcano: It's easier than it sounds<br />

Like Mt Fuji, Ruapehu rises from a desert<br />

plain and is a stunning site against a clear<br />

blue sky, and it is still an active volcano.<br />

There are three ski fields on Ruapehu, two<br />

commercial; Turoa and Whakapapa and one<br />

club field Tukino. The commercial fields are<br />

serviced by local communities; National Park<br />

Village and Ohakune. The two are operated<br />

together, with a combined lift ticket for both<br />

fields. Together, they are considered to be<br />

the largest ski resort in New Zealand and<br />

possibly the southern hemisphere.<br />



Whakapapa:<br />

Whakapapa is on the northern side of Mount<br />

Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park. The ski<br />

season is generally from late June to late<br />

October, depending on snow and weather<br />

conditions. The terrain at Whakapapa is<br />

loosely divided up as 25% beginner, 50%<br />

intermediate and 25% advanced. Recently<br />

there have been several significant changes<br />

to this side of the mountain with the<br />

introduction of a multi-million dollar mountain<br />

gondola which makes access quicker and<br />

easier.<br />

Access to the ski field is by Bruce Road, a<br />

two-lane, 6 km (3.7 mi) sealed road. There<br />

is the accommodation on the mountain, but<br />

you need to join a lodge. There is also an<br />

array of accommodation at the mountain<br />

base and National Park Village.<br />

Tukino Club Field<br />

Image compliments of Visit Ruapehu<br />

Tukino:<br />

Tukino on the eastern face of Mount<br />

Ruapehu. The field is a club managed<br />

field, but open to the general public. The<br />

ski area is serviced by two tows and an<br />

over-snow vehicle giving access for skiing.<br />

Tukino is known for its untouched trails,<br />

uncrowded slopes, friendly atmosphere<br />

and good weather. Accommodation is<br />

available at Tukino for those that want to<br />

stay and play, but bookings are essential.<br />

Access is via the Tukino Access Road from<br />

the Desert Road and is suitable for fourwheel-drive<br />

vehicles only during the winter<br />

months. Transport can be arranged by<br />

contacting the ski field.<br />

Whakapapa Ski Field - Image compliments of Visit Ruapehu<br />


Image compliments Mt Ruapehu<br />





$830 for studio Queen unit with My-Sky<br />

Package includes:<br />

Transport up the mountain with flexible pick up times<br />

Ride up the Gondola to NZs highest restaurant for two<br />

and lunch for two.<br />

(Those wanting larger family accommodation<br />

contact Gillian on 021351103)<br />

Bed and Breakfast<br />

Budget Lodge Accommodation<br />

Self-Contained Motel Units<br />

Packages available for skiing and Tongariro Crossing<br />

adventurenationalpark.co.nz | 0800 621 061<br />

Snowboarder at Turoa - Image compliments Mt Ruapehu<br />

Turoa:<br />

Turoa (or Tūroa) is on the south-western side of Mt<br />

Ruapehu. The area has been used for skiing since<br />

the completion of the Mountain Road, but the first lifts<br />

opened in 1978.<br />

There are two beginner areas, and many<br />

intermediate and advanced trails. The upper field is<br />

a mix of natural pipes, steep drops, fast plains, and<br />

more accessible slopes. The field is 500 hectares and<br />

has 722 metres (2,369 feet) vertical drops.<br />

The ski field is reached via the Mountain Road from<br />

the town of Ohakune. The Mountain Road was built<br />

by locals from Ohakune, mostly during weekends<br />

after they formed the Mountain Road Association<br />

in 1952. They aimed to open Ruapehu's southern<br />

slopes for skiing, partly as a replacement industry for<br />

the decline in logging which had sustained the town<br />

for the previous decades<br />

On a good day, it is possible to hike to the top of the<br />

mountain with skis or snowboard in hand, view the<br />

Crater Lake, and then ski back down to the field, or<br />

Whakapapa. Also on a clear day, Mount Taranaki can<br />

be seen.<br />



Central Taupo Motel accommodation<br />

searchers look for the best central location,<br />

quality reviews and great service.<br />

Welcome to Acapulco Motor Inn, the best<br />

affordable Taupo Motel.<br />

This Taupo Motel is a kiwi family run<br />

business that loves their job and takes pride<br />

in presenting the best choice for a Taupo<br />

Motel. A short walk to central Taupo with an<br />

array of shops and eateries. Try some local<br />

kiwi flavours and some Must Do activities to<br />

maximise your Taupo visit.<br />

Acapulco Taupo Motor Inn has a range of<br />

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Check through our accommodation choices<br />

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E: stay@acapulcotaupo.co.nz W: www.acapulcotaupo.co.nz

The Alpine Centre<br />

<strong>Home</strong> of Ski Biz and Snowzone!<br />

When you're looking to buy or rent ski & snowboarding gear, or for workshop tuning or Hiking Gear rental – The Alpine<br />

Centre located in National Park Village is the place to go.<br />

The Alpine Centre is an amalgamation of two long serving winter businesses Ski Biz and Snowzone (Roy Turner Ski<br />

Shop). At the end of the 2017 winter owners Shona and Robbie Forbes closed Snowzone @ Roy Turner Ski Shop for<br />

the last time, a business that had operated in National Park since 1964. With a plan to build a massive extension of the<br />

Ski Biz rental shop, joining the two long standing businesses, by creating one super store location for rental and retail<br />

both winter and summer, The Alpine Centre was created. Now, two years on we have a well-established Alpine shop with<br />

gear for hiking, camping, skiing and snowboarding and are open all year round.<br />

With the Corona Virus pandemic causing delays for all<br />

NZ ski areas its been hard to get an understanding of<br />

how/what may open this season, many customers may<br />

be turning to online buying of ski gear, and we also<br />

now have around 80% of our stock listed on our online<br />

shop.<br />

However, Our primary focus remains to be<br />

predominantly an actual, customer face to face service<br />

store. We aspire to offer real service and advice to<br />

everyone that comes in and are always prepared to<br />

go the extra mile to find the right equipment for our<br />

customers' needs if we don’t have it in store. For us<br />

it’s not about making a quick sale, see you later, we<br />

want to keep the customer, get the chance to tune their<br />

gear in the future, and keep a repour for many years<br />

to come.<br />

We believe when purchasing ski equipment, it's not<br />

a case of buying the cheapest, prettiest deal you<br />

can find online, but offering great sound advice and<br />

service means our customer has the best time on the<br />

snow. E.g. When your boots are not fitted correctly, it's<br />

like trying to drive with a flat tyre. Or you might think<br />

you're getting a great deal buying a cheap ski jacket or<br />

pants but are the specs good enough for our mountain<br />

conditions (waterproof, windproof, and breathable).<br />

Your helmet and goggles need to sit well together, but<br />

also fit with your head and face shape.<br />

Thankfully all our crew this season are returning<br />

staff from various past seasons bringing a wealth of<br />

experience and knowledge which is awesome for both<br />

us and our customers and a real bonus in this post<br />

(hopefully) Corona virus new normal.<br />

Our winter 2020 team at The Alpine Centre all share a<br />

passion for having fun on the snow and want to ensure<br />

that everyone who comes into our store are equipped<br />

with the right gear they need to have the best possible<br />

and memorable snow experience!<br />

Ski Biz / Snowzone @ The Alpine Centre<br />

10 Carroll Street, National Park Village<br />

Ph 07 8922 717<br />

www.thealpinecentre.co.nz<br />


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