Things to do in Taumarunui and the Ruapehu Area

Things to do in Taumarunui Ruapehu

Some of the activities you can do include:

Local activities

Too numerous to list!  There some of these include:

Just tell us what you are interested in and we will offer you suggestions.

Cycle trails

There are a number of opportunities to enjoy scenic cycle trails which are within easy reach of St David;s Bed and Breakfast.

Tramps, walks & climbs

Opportunities exist for walks, tramps and climbs  in the Tongariro National Park, Mt Ruapehu and numerous places throughout the Ruapehu area.

Canoeing, kayaking & jet-boating

Canoeing , kayaking and jet-boating are all available on the The Whanganui or Whakapapa Rivers all within easy reach of St David’s Bed and Breakfast.

Forgotten World Adventures

Forgotten World Adventures provides self-driven RailCart and RailBike tours along the decommissioned railway line of the Forgotten World Highway. Learn of a history unique to New Zealand and share a story and experience that belongs to everyone.

Nestled within the deep hidden valleys of New Zealand’s Forgotten World is the ultimate way to explore rural New Zealand. Travel along a decommissioned railway line, through tunnels, over bridges and rivers and to townships that time forgot. Forgotten World Adventures shares a history unique to New Zealand. It’s truly unforgettable.

Choose to travel a segment of the line, or the entire 142 kilometres. RailCart tours depart during the summer months of October through to May from three locations,Taumarunui, in the heart of the King Country; Stratford, in the heart of Taranaki and the self proclaimed Republic of Whangamomona.

For a more active journey, choose our new RailBike tour and pedal your way through history!


We like to think that the whole of the Ruapehu Area is one great sightseeing trip. Mountains. rivers, bush and beautiful scenery everywhere you look. Popular drives include the Forgotten World Highway and Mount Ruapehu.

The Bridge to Nowhere

The Bridge to Nowhere is a great spot where you can cycle, walk, fish or enjoy sightseeing.

Snow activities

There is a range of snow activities including skiing, snowboarding tobogganing, tramping or just playing in the snow or sightseeing at places such as the Whakapapa Ski field at Mt Ruapehu, and the Tongariro National Park.

 Parks and reserves

There are many parks and reserves in the Ruapehu district with various reserves and areas suitable for swimming, walking and picnicking.

Other Activities Including 

Scenic flights from Taumarunui Airfield or from other spots around the Ruapehu Area.