This is an important message to advise you that DOC has announced the closure of many of our visitor facilities, including the ones you have booked.
The government has announced that New Zealand is now at alert level 2 for COVID-19. This means the disease is contained but the risks of community transmission are growing. The Ministry of Health have provided measures for New Zealand to follow in response to the alert level.
The risk of potential community transmission at any one of these facilities means the department will not allow visitors to be in locations which mean people are in close proximity.
Therefore, the decision has been made to stage the closure of visitor facilities inline with alert levels.
The following DOC visitor facilities will be closed to the public from Monday 23 March 2020:
As of Monday 23 March 2020, you will not be able to begin your Great Walk.
You will need to manually cancel your booking online to receive a refund.
The Raetihi Holiday Park is perfectly situated next to a number of family activities, during winter we often have snow flurries.
Our Holiday Park is about 600 metres above sea level – so keep an eye on the Central North Island weather forecast – and if you want to bring your kids along to build snowmen, book a room when you see the snow on the forecast.
The ski fields of Turoa are a short drive from our Holiday Park and a great option for your family ski holiday. The base of Mount Ruapehu is only 11km away in Ohakune, but staying in Raetihi is a cheaper family option, and a little quieter than the hustle and bustle of Ohakune.
Mount Ruapehu has ski lessons, and ski gear for hire – you will also find plenty of shops in Ohakune willing to help you out with ski gear hire.
If you forget a layer of clothing, we have a small clothing store in our office with a small range of ridgeline clothing so you can stay warm.
Canoeing the Whanganui River is an absolute must do in New Zealand. It is one of DoC’s nine great walks, and WHANGANUI RIVER CANOES operates from right here at the Raetihi Holiday Park!! When booking your accommodation, ask us about our canoe trips, or we can help book you for any trip on the Whanganui River.
The Bridge to Nowhere has been identified by the AA in their top 101 must do’s for Kiwis. Raetihi is the closest town to the Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat Tours base, with a supermarket, restaurants and bars.
Between December – March enjoy the solar heated, covered swimming pool right next to the Holiday Park!!
Take your kids over the road to the town playground which is modern and well maintained by the council. Make sure to bring your roller blades or skateboards – as there is also an outdoor skating rink (and basketball court) on the parks grounds.
The Raetihi Squash Club is inviting – on those rainy days what better than to challenge your friends to a friendly game of squash. Just cross the road to the court and the game will be on!! If you want to be out in the sun and need the challenge, how about make use of our town tennis courts!!
Talk to us about hire for any rackets/ balls you will need.
Our Holiday Park sits alongside the Makotuku River which flows from Mount Ruapehu. At the lower level of the Holiday Park is a small swimming hole – take your children for a swim- it is truly gorgeous (the campground dog, Rosie, would love to play fetch with you while you are there).
If a short walk or run is what you would like to do the Makotuku River walkway runs from one side of town to the other.
The Raetihi Holiday Park is also home to our towns popular Glow Worm Grotto. You can only see the glow worms at night so bring a torch and come and ask for directions.
Raetihi – the gateway to Adventure
A huge range of activities is available within a short distance of Raetihi including skiing, fishing, hunting, tramping, kayaking, and mountain biking or simply getting away from it all.
There are plenty of walks up or around the mountains, including the famous Tongariro Crossing and the Round the Mountain Track. Shuttles can be arranged to meet you at our Holiday Park to get you to the Crossing.
Mount Ruapehu is an amazing sight all year round. There is nothing better than sitting on one of our many decks and taking in the view of the mountain. In winter we are the perfect base for your ski holiday. The Raetihi Holiday Park is only a ten minute drive from Ohakune where you will be at the base of the mountain. In summer the ski lifts are open to take you towards the summit of Mt. Ruapehu with its’ stunning Crater Lake.
Trout are plentiful in the area as it is sparsely populated and well stocked. To go trout fishing you will need to have a fishing license.
Guided tours are many and varied and drop-offs or pick-ups can be arranged for that hunting trip, or bike ride.
Getting to Raetihi is part of the adventure. The roads here are scenic and impressive.
We are based on State Highway Four.
We are the closest canoe hire company to the end point of your trip, and one of the closest to Whakahoro, the beginning of the three day trip.
Driving to Raetihi from Auckland you will see the Raurimu Spiral. Driving from Taranaki you can take the scenic Forgotten highway. Driving from Wanganui/ Wellington you can choose the Whanganui River Road – or the Parapara Road. Both are breathtaking.
If you don’t have a car to get here don’t fret. If you prefer rail, there is a train station in Ohakune ten minutes away. Talk to us about arranging a shuttle to our Holiday Park (groups of four or more).
The Intercity Bus,is pretty on to it – affordable, and both can drop you just down the road from us – you can now book your Intercity transport from our Home Page! If you are travelling from Taupo, currently the Intercity only has a transport option to Waiouru – but we can pick you up from Waiouru if you give us enough advanced notice..
If you are here for a group gathering – if you want to go out and have a good night but don’t want to risk driving back from the bar, have a chat to us about a night time shuttle. We do not operate a regular service – but if you book in advance for a group we can help you out with more information.
The Ruapehu Adventure Hub work with a number of schools each year, and some that have special requirements. We tailor custom-designed itineraries that will ensure it meets your unique set of objectives and gets the best out of your students and circumstances. You can tailor a trip to include our accommodation at our Holiday Park, Canoe hire on the Whanganui River, and Mountain bike hire.
For a more cost effective trip we welcome your students to be involved in the planning, purchase, and preparation of food.
Or we can provide a fully catered trip for your school group including dinner the night before your trip, at our Holiday Park.
We welcome teachers to experience an adventure with the Ruapehu Adventure Hub before your trip to ensure your learning objectives are met.
The Whanganui River flows from Mount Ruapehu through different regions until it flows into the Tasman Sea from the Wanganui Township. The river has been a vital part of the Maori and Early European settlements in New Zealand. While paddling down the Whanganui River, hear about the setbacks early settlers had with erosion of the land, look at the shells in the riverbanks from the geological changes – can your students find the small sulphur springs in the riverbank?
Pricing does depend on group size/age/ number of parents, and if you want food provided or not, for a quote feel free to contact us.