An easy 30 minute drive from Wellesley Lodge takes you to the foot of the majestic Mt Ruapehu, which holds pride of place at the centre of Tongariro National Park.
Standing alongside its sister mountains, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro, the snow-capped Mt Ruapehu is home to two of New Zealand’s largest ski areas: Whakapapa and Turoa.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, you’ll be well catered for at either of these ski fields. The facilities include cafes, challenging and exciting terrain parks, rental equipment, childcare (at Turoa), retail, medical centres, and ski/board workshop services. Snow schools are also available at both Whakapapa and Turoa, including adults’ and children’s programmes.
www.mtruapehu.com for more information on passes, activities available, mountain news and weather, and course information.
Even when there’s not much snow, the mountains still have plenty to offer.
Mountain biking is a fun activity and the Ruapehu region offers two notable tracks: Timber Trail and Mountains to Sea – Nga Ara Tuhono.
www.visitruapehu.com/new-zealand/mountain-biking for more information.
Tongariro National Park itself offers other outdoor activities. The famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which tracks over the volcanic massif of Mt Tongariro, is a breathtaking trail that is not to be missed.
Check out www.nationalpark.co.nz for details on what activities are available in the amazing national treasure that is Tongariro National Park.
Wellesley Lodge – the ideal retreat
Spend the day at the natural playground of Tongariro National Park, then come home to Wellesley Lodge and relax in the spa and sauna – the perfect end to a day of adventure.