Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park set the backdrop for a truly unique New Zealand experience. Situated just south of Lake Taupo, the Ruapehu region with its dramatic volcanic landscapes, lush native forests and spiritual rivers epitomise New Zealand's pure outdoors.
Use Gratia to explore the region by road on the Volcanic Loop, the Forgotten Highway and the Whanganui River Road. Or head into the two parks by foot, from short introductory walks, the full day Tongariro Alpine Crossing to multi day tramps. Go for a bike ride, including the multi day Mountain to Sea bike trail, starting at Turoa ski field and ending on the Tasman Sea in Whanganui.
The Ruapehu region is the only area in New Zealand where you can experience such dramatic volcanic landscapes of the Tongariro National Park World Heritage site and, within the same area, immerse yourself in the lush dense forest of the Whanganui National Park. The power of the mountains in the Tongariro National Park coupled with the mighty Whanganui River will leave you energised and refreshed.