Tongariro National Park - Accessible/Easy Access Accommodation & Activities

The Ruapehu region is defined by the three volcanoes that stand sentinel over a landscape of tussocked desert, rivers, lakes and native forest. It is most often promoted as an adventure destination with activities such as skiing, hiking, mountain bike riding and white water rafting featuring in "what to see and do guides". BUT there is much to see and do for access travelers as well.

Starting with skiing. For those of you who are already into this sport, and others who might want to give it a try, the twin ski fields of Turoa and Whakapapa are right there with runs to suit all abilities. If you aren't able to ski on them, then the mountain scenery is all around you here with good highways on all sides of the park and the mountains so you can see them in comfort, just sitting in the car if you choose. Or drive up to the ski fields to see all the activity close up.

The army museum at Waioru provides a very access friendly guide to all the wars New Zealanders have been involved in and there is more tragic history nearby with the memorials to the Tangiwai disaster when a Christmas Eve passenger train plunged into the Whangaehu River.

The National Park region is really a year round destination for access travelers as just being in amongst such spectacular scenery and exploring the region is almost certainly what travel is all about - a welcome change from home and everyday life.

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Aspen Court

Aspen Court

All units are extremely quiet as sound proof insulation and noise glass have been used throughout the complex. A comprehensive guest laundry is located on the premises.  The units are very spacious with all containing: Air conditioning / heat pumps Underfloor heating in the...
Ohakune Top 10 Holiday Park

Ohakune Top 10 Holiday Park

Ohakune  is an all-year destination, a place where true adventure happens! Whatever time of the year, we look forward to welcoming you here at  Ohakune  Top 10 Holiday Park, the gateway to the majestic  mountains ,  Whanganui River  and the fascinating  Tongariro National Park .
Snowhaven

Snowhaven

Downtown Apartments Wireless Internet available These self contained studio apartments offer a range of sizes catering for 2 to 5 people with the convenience of individual bathrooms, and your own kitchenette featuring hotplates, microwave and...
The Peaks, Ohakune

The Peaks, Ohakune

If you are visiting the Tongariro National Park and the Mt Ruapehu ski-fields, either Turoa or Whakapapa, Ohakune has everything you could need, and the best Ohakune accommodation is at The Peaks Motor Inn. The Peaks Motor Inn is conveniently located close to Ohakune’s fine restaurants,...

activity Tongariro National Park

Johnny Nation's Chocolate Eclair Shop

Johnny Nation's Chocolate Eclair Shop

The glorious French sweet treat, the chocolate eclair - developed by a renowned chef in 19th century France - is a super-sized tidbit that has literally flown out the doors daily of a small Ohakune bakery for more than 20 years. The eclairs, the size of a large fist and filled with cream, have...
National Army Museum

National Army Museum

National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand Honour the sacrifices, learn the campaigns, be inspired by the stories of courage, loyalty and comradeship. Make a visit to New Zealand’s most comprehensive Army Museum for access to a unique  collection of military exhibits, memorabilia and...
Ohakune Mountain Road

Ohakune Mountain Road

While the Ohakune Mountain Road is probably best known as the route to the Turoa Skifield, that is not its only attraction. If you are pressed for time or would like to try some easy walking options to experience what the park has to offer, a number of short walks are available near the Ohakune...
Tangiwai Railway Disaster

Tangiwai Railway Disaster

At 10.21 p.m. on Christmas Eve 1953 the Wellington–Auckland night express plunged into the flooded Whangaehu River at Tangiwai, 10 km west of Waiōuru in the central North Island. Of the 285 passengers and crew on board, 151 died in New Zealand’s worst railway accident. It was, at the time,...