New Zealand's National Army Museum
Is in Waiouru, a 30 minute drive away and full of static displays and history, a cafe greats you in the foyer. The NZ National Army Museum (a picture of a Vietnam art work is on display).
At the start of Matapuna road in Horopito, has an extensive range of collectors vintage & classic cars, visitors welcome. Smash Palace or Horopito Motors
Whanganui River jet boat and kayak 6-
From Pipiriki jet boat 32 km along fern & flax cloaked gorges to the Mangapurua landing then a 40 minute walk to the “Bridge to Nowhere” for lunch. On return you hop in a kayak & canoe the remaining 10km back to Pipiriki then shuttle back to Raetihi. Search these links for more info.
"The Old Coach Road" part of the National Cycleway -
This track connects the town of Ohakune to Horopito, following the original coach road that was used before the railway was completed through to National Park. Open for cyclists it is also a good walk from Horopito down hill to Ohakune which takes 3-
Winter snow sports on Mt. Ruapehu
Mount Ruapehu a volcano of 2797 metres boosts two ski fields, Turoa and Whakapapa -
Summer hiking on Mt. Ruapehu
In Summer hikers ride the chairlift at Whakapapa ski field then self guide or join a guided walk to the top of Mt Ruapehu for magnificent views and to see the active crater lake. Stop for lunch at the Knoll Ridge Café, walk down a noted trail or ride the chairlift. At the bottom take a 30 minute walk to Meads wall, a location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy movie. Spectacular views of Mt Doom (Mt Ngauruhoe) will be seen from the wall area. Department of Conservation
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Considered the greatest one day ALPINE hike, the track over Mt Tongariro takes you through rough volcanic scoria of many colours, to fuming sulphur vents and mountain tarns, a side trip up Mt Ngauruhoe is possible for the fit. The day ends with a long walk on the North side overlooking the blue of Lake Taupo. Take a good warm jacket or rain coat and wear strong boots, the weather is apt to change for the worse at anytime even in our summer.
Here are some of our local area tourist attractions; these two websites are for further detailed information
“Mangapurua Track”, part of the National Cycleway -
From the Ruatiti Valley end to the Whanganui River. You enter the Mangapurua Valley, the “Valley of Abandoned Dreams”. Here land was offered to returning soldiers following WW1, it was cleared into farmland, sadly the farming was not viable and the land was abandoned. The track continues to the “Bridge to Nowhere” and the Whanganui river to await your jet boat pick up to Pipiriki.
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