Exploring the Ruapehu region of New Zealand’s North Island and looking for ideas for your own outdoor adventures or travel itinerary? Find some inspiration as you read about the places we’ve explored and activities we’ve experienced in our travels around New Zealand.

Ruapehu region map

Our Ruapehu Outdoor Adventures

Mount Ngauruhoe

Climbing Mount Ngauruhoe

An unmistakable volcanic feature of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, we found Mt Ngauruhoe to be a challenging but rewarding climb. But should you do it?

Taranaki Falls

Taranaki Falls Track

When the weather on the Tongariro Crossing isn't great, the 6km Taranaki Falls walk from Whakapapa is a nice, easy alternative that's worth considering.

Tama Lakes

Tama Lakes

The Tama Lakes Track has lakes (obviously), stunning mountain views and a photo-worthy waterfall. It’s also a lot less crowded than the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Ruapehu Outdoor Adventure Map

Here’s our pick of top outdoor and adventure activities in the Ruapehu region. The orange map markers below are places we’ve visited and you can click on a marker to see photos and read about our experience there. The blue markers are places we still need to explore – lucky us.

This is a living map, and we’ll update it regularly as we explore and discover new places and more exciting outdoor activities. Have some suggestions of places we should visit? Use the contact form over here and share the adventure.

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Okupata Caves: -39.049470, 175.500740
Tongariro Crossing: -39.142570, 175.636320
Mount Ngauruhoe: -39.155830, 175.632280
Tama Lakes: -39.195710, 175.601560
Tree Trunk Gorge: -39.170940, 175.802450
Mount Ruapehu: -39.271160, 175.562260
Taranaki Falls: -39.197390, 175.564420
Whakapapa Ski Fields: -39.236000, 175.555420
Tawhai Falls: -39.172880, 175.514660
Silica Rapids: -39.206730, 175.528760
Turoa Ski Fields: -39.304370, 175.526920