There are many activities to keep you busy during your stay in the area.
Experience world-class walks and tramps (from 20 minutes to 5 days long) including the very popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing—”the best one-day walk in New Zealand“.
You can ski or snowboard New Zealand‘s largest ski area, canoe or raft down the historic Whanganui River as well as the mighty Tongariro and Whakapapa rivers , visit the Bridge to Nowhere, fish for trout in the world-famous Tongariro and the Whakapapa rivers, as well as the not so well-known Manganui-o-te-Ao, Waimarino, Ongarue and Retaruke rivers.
You can hunt deer in the neighbouring forest or mountain bike the many tracks that dissect the local area, bird watch the many endemic species, train spot on the neighbouring Raurimu Spiral and photograph to your heart’s content.
There are hot pools, golf courses, scenic flights, jet-boat trips, bungy jumps, waterfalls, volcanic thermal areas, caves and cafés — or you can just stay put and read a book!