The National Park offers the ideal setting for outdoor activities but there is so much more to see and do, even on a rainy day. We are always happy to advise our guests on the range of activities and help you find the trip that is just right for you. Our friendly staff is always happy to help!
Visit the Visitor Centre
The DoC Visitor Centre in the Village has some amazing wall displays, primarily based around two fascinating regional stories: First of all, the story of the gift of the park in 1887 by Te Heuheu Tukino, the principal chief of the Ngati Tuwharetoa people. Secondly the unique volcanic history of the park and its mountains. The themes are linked by the World Heritage Status of the park and are further illustrated by two fascinating audio-visual shows which are played on request (small fee applies).
And more for the fit and adventures: try rock climbing with a guide. Climb the classic multi-pitch routes in Mangetapopo Valley or visit remote crags on or around Ruapehu. Enjoy a day out seeing the National Park in a way very few others will. There is also an indoor climbing wall located in National Park Village, just 15 km away.
The Whanganui Journey is a multi day canoe trip through stunning lowland forest along the historic Whanganui River. This beautiful river winds its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea, through a stunning landscape of hills and valleys. The 145 km river journey from Taumarunui to Pipiriki takes an average of 5 days to complete per canoe. It is an experience never to be forgotten.
Popular annual events at Whakapapa include the G Force Mini X Games, Pepsi Fireworks Spectacular, and the Mt Ruapehu Spring Festival.