Local Attractions
There’s also plenty to do off the mountain!

Local Activities

TCB is a Full service Ski, Snowboard and Bike shop based in downtown Ohakune. We specialise in custom boot fitting, retailing of Ski & Snowboard equipment plus our store has a full rental department. Weather you need Ski's, Snowboard or Bike equipment TCB has the right gear for you. Outstanding personal service, qualified boot fitters, workshop technicians and most importantly, we have a passion for what we do!

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company is the ULTIMATE mountain stop-over. If you’re headed down to the mountain this winter and keen to max-out on the thrills, we guarantee that stopping off at Waitomo's legendary black water rafting en route is the best way to double your adrenaline quota. Think underground caving, river rafting, abseiling and zip-lining through a glowworm-studded subterranean world. What began as a special treat for a brave few has developed into a spectacular tourism attraction that gives visitors that love the extreme the chance to experience the unique Waitomo Caves a little differently. On the way to Mount Ruapehu, this is the ultimate NZ must-do adventure.

Southern Lake Taupo has some of the best mountain bike country in New Zealand. We know trails that ride through ancient beech forests, alongside magnificent trout rivers and past huge volcanoes. We have Bikes for everyone. We run Montari Plus 7.1s complete with Hydraulic Disk brakes. This bike is designed for greater grip and stability, paired with a durable lightweight alloy frame. Ride this bike for a load of fun. The grin plastered on your face? Free of charge. 24 inch Montari JR is a mini version of our off-road Montari adult bike. Equipped with powerful disc brakes, Shimano gears and a Suntour suspension fork, the Montari JR is ready to rip on the trails. 20 inch Avanti Tracker Junior. No Child has ever turned down the chance to ride this bad boy. Rough terrain a mere snack for these monster tyres. Even the Dads ask "do you have a bigger version of that for me!" With options to rent bikes for a full day, half day, or two hours come make the most of what the area has to offer.

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The Tongariro's Most Experienced Rafting Operator and recently named by the Lonely Planet as one of New Zealand's top 10 unmissable aquatic adventures. The Tongariro's magic waters provide a fun filled Whitewater rafting adventure (just like a rollercoaster an inflatable one), breath taking scenery and trout filled pools. This is a very special place. Tongariro River Rafting is a 100% Kiwi company owned by local husband and wife team Garth and Leigh Oakden. Garth has been a rafting guide on the Tongariro since 1987 and knows these waters like few others. All our guides are fully trained rafting professionals, our equipment is top quality and the company is 100% compliant with all safe rafting requirements. The Tongariro Whitewater Rafting trip is 2 hours, 13 kilometers and 60 rapids of OARSOME FUN. Warm gear and rafting equipment supplied and after the trip enjoy a deli lunch (hot soup in winter) while you look at your photos. 13years and older. 10-12 year old conditions apply. ADDED VALUE in winter, enjoy a FREE hot soak in the hot pools after your trip!

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Experience New Zealand like never before as you fly high above untraversed native rainforest and go deeper into ancient valleys on our eco-adventure tours. Handfeed wild native birds, share knowledge of birdsong, flora and fauna, all with the help from our classic Kiwi guides, who also bring humour, fun and a whole lot of ‘Kiwiana’ to the adventure, with the safety of the utmost importance. Become part of the restoration story as a portion of each ticket is invested into conservation. With 5 years of conservation work in the Dansey Road Scenice Reserve, 250ha is now pest free. Labelled on TripAdvisor as an ‘Adventure activity with a brain’, this is the number one ranked outdoor experience in Rotorua (June 2018).

Huka Prawn Park offers a day of excitement for all ages. Feel the excitement of catching a feisty prawn. You can fish all day, all equipment provided, and anything you catch is yours to keep, shelter and geothermally heated seating for your comfort while you fish in the winter. Try our paddleboards and pedal boats, stroll around our activity loop with various interactive activities and playground ending at our geothermal footbath or take a guided tour through the aquarium and nursery where we raise more than a million prawns every year. Our Riverside Restaurant offers relaxed dining with an open fireplace, treat yourself to a mouth-watering selection of prawn (or non-prawn) dishes. Fun attractions for everyone, New Zealand must do!

Sail Barbary to the Maori Rock Carvings - Sailing through the picturesque bays of Lake Taupo, Sail Barbary’s two eco-friendly electric yachts offer the perfect mix of relaxation, fun and adventure. There’s no better way to experience this natural wonder than on the water. For a truly unique experience – Visit the world renowned 14-metre high Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on a classic, historic yacht. Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back, relax and enjoy the view. You’re even welcome to BYO (Bring Your Own) prepared food and beverages. Sail Barbary’s Maori Rock Carvings cruises departs daily at: 10.30am or 2.00pm

Ever wondered what it’s like to feel completely free? Jump out of a plane from 15,000 feet and experience the incredible sensation of freefall! Taupo Tandem Skydiving give you the chance to experience epic freedom and tick one off the bucket list in Taupo, the home of skydiving. We’re all about going above and beyond here at TTS. We’ve got a huge range of camera options, the best value skydive in NZ, and we’ll even pick you up for free within Taupo and Rotorua. As New Zealand’s original tandem drop zone and NZ’s Top Rated Skydive on Trip Advisor you know you’re in good hands. And yes, it’s totally normal to be nervous!

Tongariro Volcanic Adventures has a fleet of vehicles ranging in size from a 12 seater van to a 47 seater bus. All vehicles have been equipped for driving on snow and ice and therefore when access up the Bruce Road is restricted due to icy conditions we can still operate. On request, we offer a door to door service from National Park to Whakapapa Ski Field as well as group transfers. Bookings are essential. In summer we offer a daily bus service to the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Our drivers are highly skilled, experienced and professional as well as knowledgeable about the local area. We can also offer transport to other destinations in the area, to be arranged upon prior request. Additionally Tongariro Volcanic Adventures can offer accommodation at our lodge in National Park Village. We have a range of rooms available from backpacker style dorms, to private ensuite rooms and family rooms.

Lake Taupo regions most experienced Fly Fishing outfitter(since 1978).The knowledge and expertise of Tongariro Lodge guides is unequalled! Founded by legendary guide Tony Hayes Tongariro Lodge Guides has catered for the worlds who's who of Fly Fishing. Clients fish over 30 rivers and 4 lakes and access is provided by 4WD,RAFT,HELICOPTER AND BOAT. All year round Fly Fishing for beginners and experts alike.

Looking for a challenge or for something to do on a rainy day? You'll love our indoor climbing hall - just for fun or to test your strength and skill. It keeps kids, not to mention adults, entertained for hours. Climbing wall 8 metres high. 29 top ropes. 55 different climbs. 300 m2 of wall Beginner to advanced levels, grades 10 – 26. Entry includes harness and carabiner hire. Full instruction provided. Open every day from 9 am to 8 pm. Adult entry: $15 (includes harness and carabiner) Child: $10 Climbing shoe hire $3 Group rates available For groups booking is essential

Two awesome activities located at one stunning site. At 47 metres, Taupo Bungy is New Zealand’s highest water touch bungy jump, from the world’s first cantilever platform. You choose to touch the crystal clear Waikato River with your fingertips, fully submerge yourself or stay high and dry. Then try the feet-first, mind-blowing rush of the Cliffhanger extreme swing. Harnessed and attached, you will then be brought out 44 metres above the river, dangling mid-air, until your countdown or surprise release. Plunging straight down, reaching speeds of 70 kp/h as you freefall towards the river, then arcing up to 180°. Solo and tandem swings and bungy jumps available. Book Now!

Chateau High Tea

Whakapapa Village

Chateau High Tea marks a decades-old tradition of meeting with friends for champagne, finger sandwiches, delicate sweets and gourmet fresh teas. Piano melodies and era music floats through the Ruapehu Lounge sending the guest back to 1929 when the Chateau Tongariro was first built. Some of the best seats in the house are in front of the floor-to-ceiling arched Ngauruhoe Window, framing the snow-capped Mt Ngauruhoe; or maybe you would prefer to sit in front of the grand fireplace. The High Tea itself includes a selection of delicious finger sandwiches, scones and sweet treats, accompanied by your choice of expresso coffee or the range of gourmet fresh teas. Available from only $32 per person. Reservations recommended. Weekend reservations essential.

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