Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro National Park is New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site. It is rich in both cultural identity and dramatic, awe-inspiring natural scenery. Unique landforms, including the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu make the Tongariro Alpine Crossing a world-renowned 19.4km trek.
Prior to Covid-19, The Tongariro Crossing would see around 3,000 hikers per day so there truly has never been a better time to experience NZ’s best one-day walk, and one of the Top 3 best one-day walks globally than summer 2020/2021.
Transport from Snowy Waters Lodge to the Tongariro Crossing departs daily during the summer months (weather permitting). Our team can help plan your visit or for a longer hiking experience ask us about the Tongariro Northern Circuit, voted one of 9 Great Walks in New Zealand. We use Dempsey Buses. If you are a social club talk to us about group hire for groups of 8 – 60 people.
The Bridge to Nowhere
The Bridge to Nowhere is a historic remnant of the returned soldier settlement farms from WW1, the Governments attempt to repatriate young men for their services to New Zealand that perhaps ended up to be more of a burden than a reward.
The Bridge to Nowhere sits within regenerating native NZ forest, high above the Mangapurua Stream located within Whanganui National Park. It is accessible only by helicopter, jetboat, a one-day mountain bike ride, a two-day hike or a 3-day canoe on the Whanganui River.
Snowy Waters Lodge is situated 26kms from the departure point for jet boat tours to the Bridge to Nowhere which makes us the largest commercial accommodation venue nearby. Contact us to discuss which options for visiting the Bridge to Nowhere are best suited to you.
The Whanganui River
Take a scenic, informative jet boat tour from Pipiriki upriver to the historic Bridge to Nowhere. The return journey can be completed by jet boat or by kayak. This is full day activity at a very affordable price. Transport is available from Snowy Waters by prior arrangement.
For the more adventurous we highly recommend the 3-day Whanganui River Journey, considered one of NZ’s Great Walks. Transport from Snowy Waters to the starting point at Whakahoro departs daily during summer (subject to availability and weather conditions). We can book your canoe, safety equipment and luggage barrels on your behalf. On your final day of the 3-day journey the shuttle will return you to your vehicle at Snowy Waters.
Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail
Mountain bike the Ohakune Mountain Road, the Old Coach Road, the Ruatiti Road, Bridge to Nowhere, the Whanganui River Road or ride all five and you can tick the Mountains to Sea cycle trail off your bucket list.
The Ruapehu region is also home to Fishers Track, the 42 Traverse, The Pines, Rangataua Forest and the Marton Sash and Door. Stay a week and do the lot, or visit once a year choosing a new mountain bike trail challenge each time.
If it’s the Mountains to Sea you are specifically looking to do, we can arrange transport to the start at the top of Mt Ruapehu, luggage transfers in between daily destinations, jet boat transport for you and your bike from the Bridge to Nowhere and return transport from Whanganui city.
Ski Mt. Ruapehu
Mt Ruapehu is home to three ski areas;
Turoa is just a 30 minute drive from Snowy Waters, Whakapapa is 45 minutes or there’s Tukino at just over one hour away. After a day on the slopes, return to The Old Nurses Home or the Doctors Residence and enjoy a hot soak in one of our heated spa pools while enjoying our fantastic mountain views.
Shuttles are available to transport you to your preferred ski area or you can self-drive (road conditions permitting) and utilise the ski area car parks. If you would like to visit Whakapapa during the summer months we highly recommend taking a scenic chairlift ride on the new SkyWaka Gondola.
More Area Highlights
- The Tongariro Northern Circuit
- Ruapehu Golf
- The SkyWaka Gondola at Whakapapa
- The National Army Museum
- Tama Lakes
- Taranaki Falls
- Waitonga Falls
- The Whanganui River Road
- Horse trekking
- Hunting and trout fishing
- Bird watching; karearea in Raetihi and blue ducks at Ruatiti
Local & Regional Events
- Waimarino A&P Show and Wild Food Challenge (February)
- Waimarino Rodeo (March)
- Raetihi Gutbuster ride (Easter)
- The Goat mountain run
- Tussock Buster motorbike ride
- Tussock Traverse run
- The T42 run and mountain bike ride
- Raetihi Spring Bulb Show
- Waimarino Art Awards
- Raetihi Country Markets (monthly)