Iconic Adventures Ruapehu
Stay and Play
Stunning river adventures, authentic station experiences, rail journeys and cycle tours makes for an exciting week in the Ruapehu District as you sample some of the areas very best offerings. Meet the locals and see the sights in this unforgettable week as you get out and do something new.
Journey into another world along the Whanganui River with Whanganui River Adventures. They will introduce you to their world, the playground that they call home. You will meet the tangata whenua locals who will be your personal tour guides/drivers, they will greet you when you arrive. You will jetboat along the Whanganui River in the most scenic environment then walk to the Bridge to Nowhere for a spot of lunch.
Head back into Ohakune for a relaxing soak in the hot tubs at LKNZ Lodge and Backpackers, which are $10 for non-staying guests.
Then back to the Powderhorn for a great meal before you hit the sack. Stay: Powderhorn Chateau Ohakune
Grab a great breakfast at the Powderhorn, before your big day heading to Blue Duck Station. Located in the Ruapehu district on the banks of the Whanganui and Retaruke rivers and surrounded by Whanganui National Park, Blue Duck Station is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground.
Blue Duck Station has acres of tracked land superb for backcountry horse trekking. The scenery varies from native bush canopy to rivers and streams, ridge top tracks and mountain views. The half day horse treks are suitable for riders of all abilities and include a loop of the station with time for photos and a leg stretch at the top of a ridge. Have lunch at the Blue Duck Café, situated opposite the Department of Conservation Whakahoro camp site.
Then take a hike on one of the many tracks suitable for tramping on Blue Duck Station and the surrounding Whanganui National Park. The extraordinary natural setting offers visitors the chance to observe many species of flora, fauna and bird life found in the native bush and along the banks of the surrounding water ways. Just ask one of the team which tracks are open during your stay.
Dinner options at the Blue Duck Station are a family style meal available by prearrangement so ask when you book. There is much to do here, so you may want to stay another day or two, or three…
Stay: Blue Duck Station
Enjoy breakfast at Blue Duck Café when it opens at 8am then start the day by heading back through Owhango to Taumarunui where you will jump on the Forgotten World Adventures 10 tunnel Rail Cart Tour. (note operates over summer to end April.)
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.
Grab yourself something to eat at one of Taumarunui restaurants or takeaways then head to your accommodation for the night at Inn at the Convent, it’s a boutique bed and breakfast accommodation in the heart of Taumarunui.
Stay: Inn at the Convent
What better way to start the day than a cuddle with an alpaca at Nevalea Alpaca Farm in Taumarunui.
Then head up to the start of the Timber Trail to cycle your way through to the Timber Trail Lodge. The Timber Trail is a two day ride from Pureora in the North to Ongarue in the South. The Timber Trail follows the original Ongarue logging tramway, constructed and operated by sawmilling firm Ellis and Burnand until it ceased usage in 1958. Experience magnificent native landscapes and bird life.
The Timber Trail is an 85km 2 day ride and around halfway you will get to spend the night at the amazing Timber Trail Lodge. Deep in the centre of the North Island, right in the middle of nowhere, the Timber Trail Lodge is a very special place. Accommodation options include either shared bathroom facilities or private ensuited rooms.
Stay: Timber Trail Lodge
Set out on the last day of your Timber Trail ride, the final 45km from Piropiro to Ongarue is the most popular section of the trail and suitable for anybody with a reasonable level of fitness. This part of the trail will take you all the way back to where your car is parked in Ongarue.
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.