Water Activities

With a deluge of rivers, streams, wetlands and lakes, the Ruapehu region lends itself to a wide range of water based activities.


With a deluge of rivers, streams, wetlands and lakes, the Ruapehu region lends itself to a wide range of water based activities.

Cruise the lakes and take in the scenery on a stand up paddle board, or try your hand at fly fishing, in one of the Ruapehu region's ‘secret’ spots.

There is an abundance of kayaking options in the region, with easy grade 1 floats, right up to grade 4 waterfalls for the more experienced thrill seekers.
With mountain rivers you'll also find fantastic grade 3 rafting in the region, all within easy reach of your alpine accommodation.

Hop in a canoe and float back in time on the Whanganui River and learn about its early history and the pioneering days as part of the Whanganui National Park & the Bridge to Nowhere. You’ll be captivated by the deep, mystical gorges and the rich flora and fauna that line the riverbanks. If you’re keen to speed things up, you can jump in a jetboat and skim down (or up) the river at a slightly faster pace, giving you a broad overview of the river valley.

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National Park Villages, NZ's Highest Stand Up Paddle Board Adventure

NZ's Highest Stand Up Paddle Board Adventure


Try NZ's highest stand up paddle board adventure at 616 metres above sea level and with stunning views of Tongario National Park.

National Park Villages, Kayaking, Canoeing & Rafting

Kayaking, Canoeing & Rafting


Spanning two wilderness National Parks through Tongariro and Whanganui, the Ruapehu region presents a veritable smorgasbord of river ways for premium kayaking, canoeing and rafting.

National Park Villages, Fishing

Fishing


The Ruapehu region's alpine waterways boast world-class wilderness fishing, with secluded locations and trophy potential luring even the most seasoned fishermen.