Skotel Alpine Resort
In the past few years the Tongariro National Park area and its surroundings have gained increasing recognition as a summer resort for those who want a change from the beach and the sea.
Staying at the Skotel Alpine Resort in Whakapapa Village gives you easy access to a beautiful and varied region of New Zealand. The available walks, Whakapapa Village and the mountain facilities are detailed in separate pages of our website. There are also many other activities to tempt the holidaymaker. Our reception at the Skotel can provide you with details of the many options.
4 x 4 Vehicles
Test your skill off-road on gentle terrain or on mud, gravel and logs.
On the other side of the mountain at Waiouru is the Army Museum - an outstanding collection devoted the soldiers of New Zealand from the colonial New Zealand wars to the Vietnam conflict of the 1960s, from the trenches of Gallipoli to the jungles of Malay.
Situated next to the main highway, the fortress like design by leading New Zealand architect, Sir Miles Warren, dominates the surrounding tussock land that provides a striking setting for outstanding displays of the nation's military heritage.
Check out their website www.armymuseum.co.nz
Whakapapa River Trips
Enjoy the thrill & Beauty of the WhakapapaRiverwith half-day Adventure kayak Tour. The scenery is stunning! Pristine native forest with crystal clear mountain water.
Be prepared to get wet and laugh alot!
More information please check out on their websit www.adventureoutdoors.co.nz/
In summer the chairlifts can take you half way up the mountain to the Knoll Ridge Cafeteria and Restaurant where you can enjoy an relaxing drink and an amazing view. In the wintertime it gives the non-skier the chance to see the action in the middle of the main area, in the summertime it gives you access to a dramatic part of the volcano slopes.
Ruapehu's lakes, rivers and mountain streams offer some of the best trout fishing in the world. With internationally acclaimed rivers such as the Tongariro, Whakapapa and Manganui-o-te ao, it is a fly fisherman's paradise.
Offset by breath-taking natural surroundings a select number of private gardens are open to the public. These include Titoki Point, Waitoka, Korimako. Glen Avon and Omaka gardens. See the local information centres or the Skotel office for details and maps.
Choose from the regions four eighteen-hole golf courses or one of the nine-hole greens at Whakapapa or Ohakune and Taumarunui all extend a warm welcome to visiting golfers.
Options include a beginner's trek, a trail ride designed especially for kids and backcountry rides through bush, rivers and expansive hill country.
The hot pools at Tokaanu will soak away the aches and pains from any of your more strenuous activities. You can enjoy the large public pool heated with fresh chlorinated water or choose from one of the family sized natural private mineral pools which range from 39 degrees to 41 degrees.
Indoor Climbing Wall
If the weather is bad, the 8 metre indoor climbing wall at National Park Backpackers in the National Park Township is worth a visit. There are 50 different climbs from beginners to advanced. Gear and free instruction is available.
Jet Boat Tours
Deep up the Whanganui river is the famous Bridge to Nowhere. The isolated settlement failed in 1942 and now only the bridge is left. A four-hour trip visits the bridge and gives those who are short of time, an opportunity to see the spectacular Whanganui River.
Maori Cultural Performances
Maori Cultural Performances and Hangi take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at Te Korowai in Turangi.
Bikes are available for hire in the area. Freewheel down Ohakune's picturesque mountain road or ride the renowned "42nd Traverse". This is an all day trip, which can take from 3 to 7 hours depending whether you are on a mission or a picnic. It is a one-way trip, which finishes at Owhango and arrangements, can be made to be dropped off and picked up. Shorter rides are also available.
The Volcanic Loop
Take to the road by car and circle the three volcanoes, calling in at the Army Museum.