What to Know About Ruapehu

Discover the Tongariro National Park dual world heritage area. The unique volcanic landscape, steaming active vents and glistening coloured lakes along a 6-8 hike. One way transport to the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing at Mangatepopo departing from the end (Ketetahi). Departing every hour 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 am


Walking and Hiking

Tongariro Alpine Crossing – Rated as one of the best one day hikes in New Zealand, a genuine wonder of the natural world, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the crown jewel of Ruapehu for well prepared and experienced hikers. If you are not confident of your ability and fitness please consider a guide or one of the other hikes in the region.

Time: 5 – 8 hr Distance: 19.4 km

Tama Lakes – A popular alternative to the better known Tongariro Alpine Crossing, A day walk in the stunning surrounds of Tongariro National Park. 

Time: 5 – 6 hr return. Distance: 17 km

The Ohakune Old Coach Road – Take a trip back into New Zealand’s rail heritage while you walk an old coach road.

Time: approx 5 hrs one way allowing time for lunch. Distance: 17 km


Old Coach Road– Riding along historic cobblestone, through a bush corridor near the slopes of Mount Ruapehu makes for a fun family friendly adventure and an interesting journey back in time. 

Average Time: 2-3 hours Distance: 15kms Grade: 2

The Timber Trail –

Experience the feeling of being suspended in time, as you begin your ride along the Timber Trail. One of New Zealand’s 22 Great Rides boasting some of the highest and longest suspension bridges in New Zealand, the Timber Trail weaves its way through ancient forest, across ancestral lands of local Maori Tribes, and along part of the historic Ongarue Tramway.

Average Time: 2 days Distance: 15kms Grade: 2

Fishers track –

Fishers Track is a downhill track with stunning views over the Tongariro National Park.  

Average Time: 2-3 hours Distance: 27kms Grade 2


Mt Ruapehu has two premium ski fields to choose from – Whakapapa and Turoa


National Army Museum –  Make a visit to New Zealand’s most comprehensive Army Museum for access to a unique collection of military exhibits, memorabilia and public research material. A place where families can seek out and relate to their military connections.

Forgotten World Adventures  – Forgotten World Adventures provide Rail Cart tours along the decommissioned railway line of the Forgotten World Highway. Learn of a history unique to New Zealand and share a story and experience that belongs to everyone.

Bridge to Nowhere – The Bridge to Nowhere is these days accessed by several different methods and all ages and fitness levels can put this on the to do list. 


Mardi Gras


There is a 3 night booking requirement for the Mardi Gras weekend.

That’s two standard weekend nights and a discounted additional night!

Payment of 50% deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance for all bookings is due 21 days prior to arrival.


You can either bring your personal linen (sheets, pillow-cases, towels etc) or hire through Ruapehu Chalet Rentals. Your chalet will have bathmat/s and tea-towel/s

Hire linen is a flat rate and not charged per night.

Single $20.00 and Double $25.00

No Extra Guests

The tenant shall not permit more than the number of persons as specified on the Booking Confirmation to sleep at the premises. If this condition is broken, it will result in immediate eviction, and complete loss of rental and bond, with no refund.

This includes airbeds and spare mattresses, your mates sleeping on the couch, tents, caravans, campervans, etc.

No Parties

Party at Mardi Gras, not at your chalet. Don’t invite people back.

Look After Your Chalet

The tenant shall keep the premises and surroundings in a clean and tidy condition throughout the tenancy.

The tenant is responsible for the removal of all their rubbish generated during the tenancy. It must be removed completely from the premises. Ohakune has an excellent Recycling Centre. Directions for the Centre along with a pre-paid Council rubbish bag will be provided upon check-in. Ruapehu is green and recycling is encouraged. If rubbish is required to be removed by Ruapehu Chalet Rentals from the premises at the completion of the tenancy, a $35 fee will be deducted from your bond prior to releasing any applicable bond refund.


A form completed by the tenant, signed, including credit card details received by RCR prior to the check in date. A bond of good faith and responsible tenancy, held by RCR for potential charging if the said chalet is damaged in any way or chattels lost, damaged, destroyed or for any other reason deemed by RCR as to warrant part or whole payment of the bond to the chalet owner. Please note that in the case of malicious damage the full cost of remedial work will be recovered from the tenant, the $500.00-$800.00 bond limit will not apply.

Refer to the Reservation Conditions on our website outlining any and all situations that may result in this card being charged. If you have any questions, please make contact.

Check-Out Procedure

Check-out is by 10am on the morning of your departure.

A security check will be conducted by us while you are still present at your chalet.

You will receive more information on this procedure at check-in.



  • July School Holidays


  • Subaru Weekend @ TUROA MT RUAPEHU
  • The Haensli Cup – Whakapapa – The Haensli Cup is a race to find the fastest man and fastest woman on Mt Ruapehu. It has been hosted by The Ruapehu Ski Club for the last 40 years and is arguably the top interclub race at Whakapapa.The prize giving for competitors, held at The Ruapehu Ski Club Memorial Lodge on Hut flat, is a highly popular event. There are twelve major sponsors donating several thousand dollars worth of prizes to be won. Just by entering this event you are eligible to win a prize.


  • The North Island Champswww.snowsports.co.nz/all-events
  • Alpine Sessions! – With a HUGE music line up experience an epic takeover of Ohakune’s Powderhorn Chateau on September 16th with 1000 ravers covering two floors.
  • The Whakapapa Cup – Banked Slalom sponsored
  • Mt Ruapehu & RPM present The Whakapapa Cup – Banked Slalom! Get down to Whakapapa for an epic day of laying down lines, BBQ and chilled out good vibes. There’s tonnes of Prizes up for grabs from RPM!
    • Entry fee is $20.
    • Sorry skiers, Snowboarders ONLY!


  • October School Holidays
  • School Breaks
  • Bikini Down Hill
    • Proudly sponsoring NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.
    • Race down Turoa Ski Field in your bikini. $5 per entry
    • More information on http://www.mtruapehu.com/winter/eventList/#sthash.vWJVBibr.dpuf
  • TUROA – Pond skim
    • Spring time pond-skim. Dress up and skim across the pond in your chosen riding attire at turoa to win some epic prizes!
  • Peak to Powderkeg – The Alpine Triathlon with a twist.
    • The Peak to Powderkeg is a multi sport race from the top of Turoa Ski Field down to the infamous Powderkeg Restaurant and Bar. Competitors ski or snow board to the Turoa Plaza, run approximately 4kms to the 12.5km road marker and then cycle o the bottom of the Mountain Road where they drop there bike, sprint into the Powderhorn carpark and skull a beer. (youth options available)
    • An empty vessel completes the race.
    • More information on http://www.peaktopowderkeg.co.nz
  • The Alpine Triathlon with a twist…
    • The Peak to Powderkeg is a multi-sport race from the top of Turoa Ski Field operated by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts to the bottom of the Mountain Road, and The infamous Powderkeg Restaurant & Bar carpark. Competitors ski or snowboard to the Turoa Plaza, run approximately 4 kms to the 12.5 km road marker and then cycle to the bottom of the Mountain Road where they drop their bike, sprint into the Powderhorn car park and scull a beer (youths scull lemonade).
    • An empty vessel completes the race!
    • See more at: http://www.mtruapehu.com/winter/eventPopup/index.cfm?eID=25&occID=357#sthash.vx8s9iC6.dpuf
  • Labour day


  • The Goat Adventure Run
    • The Goat Alpine Adventure run is an exhilarating, challenging, yet achievable alpine run traversing the side of spectacular Mt Ruapehu.
    • The course measures 20 kms of mountainous terrain with ascents, descents, twists and turns starting at the Whakapapa Ski Area and finished at Turoa Ski Area. The Goat is not designed as a walking event, participants must enter with the intention of running much of the distance.
    • For more information visit the official website: www.thegoat.co.nz