Family Fun Getaway
In the very centre of the central North Island is a special part of New Zealand, and here you can truly experience nature’s playground – Ruapehu. With walks and activities for all ages and stages – a few days away will be fun for the whole family.
Whichever way you are heading in along SH1 your first stop will be in Waiouru at the renowned National Army Museum, where you can have a fun and educational trip back in time. Why not enjoy a wee snack and coffee at the café before heading off.
Then its off to Ohakune just 15 minutes along State Highway 49 to the famous carrot park where you can download the ‘Magical Park’ app on your phone or iPad where it will turn our carrot park into a digital fantasy land.
Head to Utopia Café for a spot of lunch which has a great kids menu.
In the afternoon you definitely want to head 10 minutes west to Raetihi, where you can visit the Dinosaur House – a small dinosaur museum. See dinosaur skeletons, walk among life-size reconstructions including the always popular T-Rex and Spinosaurus, and learn about the enthralling world that they lived. It is not to be missed!
Head back to Ohakune to settle in to your accommodation, we recommend visiting Ohakune Top 10 Holiday Park, they have a range of accommodation options and a bed for every budget plus a playground for the kids. For Dinner, you can grab some delicious options from the local New World Supermarket or for a night off cooking, head to one of our many restaurants or takeaways. We would highly recommend Captain Kunes Fish and Chips and their amazing donuts.
Stay: Ohakune Top 10
For breakfast head to Mountain Rocks Café for an amazing coffee, food & beverages in the Heart of Ohakune!
Then let’s head north to head up on the Sky Waka for a bit of mountain top sightseeing where the snow hangs around even in December!
The Sky Waka gondola travels 1.8 km’s through one of the North Island’s most rugged and spectacular landscapes high on Mt Ruapehu, past waterfalls and snow-laden peaks. The kids will love it! Grab a coffee or hot chocolate at the top before heading back down to reality.
Our next stop will be to the amazing indoor climbing wall in National Park where the kids can unleash their inner monkeys.
If you haven’t had lunch yet, how about some hot chips and a lemonade followed by a round of mini golf at Schnapps.
Next its North to Taumarunui, where the afternoon can be spent cuddling a baby alpaca at Nevalea Alpaca Farm. Take an alpaca for a short walk down ‘Alpaca Lane’ or a guided tour including meeting a large group of our friendly alpacas, where you can get up close and have a cuddle with a cria (baby alpaca)!
What a trip so far! If you are keen for another day then grab some dinner at one of our many eateries in Taumarunui and head to your accommodation.
We recommend staying at The Forgotten World Motel is situated in central Taumarunui, near to all amenities. With a supermarket over the road, and just a short stroll to the shopping centre, restaurants and cafes.
Stay: The Forgotten World Motel
Day 3 – Taumarunui is home to a range of family friendly breakfast spots to start the day. Head to Forgotten World Adventures and join thier 10 tunnel Rail Cart Tour – the kids will love it!
Prepare to marvel at the determination and hardship that was endured as you travel 40km by Rail Cart into the Forgotten World, through 10 hand dug tunnels and over 25 bridges. Enjoy a lovely Ploughman’s lunch in Tokirima and stop over at Lauren’s Lavender Farm on your journey from Taumarunui. The tour takes 5 and a half hours.
Make sure you grab a coffee before you head home from your amazing Ruapehu Family Fun Getaway.
Chat to a friendly team member at the Ohakune i-SITE Visitor Information Centre for local information, suggestions, booking advice and support on free phone: 0800 647 483.