Easily one the most beautiful areas of the country that still has untouched pure New Zealand/Aotearoa at it heart
2 World Heritage Parks in one district. And hotter summers with an average high of 24 degrees in Taumarunui
Farming, Recreation and Civil Engineering
2 High Schools and approx 15 primary schools
Ruapehu is one of New Zealand's largest districts by land area but with one of the smallest permanent population counts made up of many small, diverse and geographically spread out rural communities. It has an area of 6,730 square kilometers and a stable resident population of around 13,000 but this increases dramatically with visitor numbers. The district is landlocked, and contains the western half of the Tongariro National Park, a dual World Heritage location, including most of Mount Ruapehu and the western sides of Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro, as well as part of the Whanganui National Park.
The district is also home to the world famous Raurimu Spiral on the North Island Main Trunk railway line. The Ruapehu District offers unlimited opportunities as a region in which to live, work or visit. Blessed with spectacular scenery, the Ruapehu District has a magnificent range of attractions and things to do and, as such, offers an unparalleled lifestyle.
The Ruapehu District has a diversity of small communities each quaintly unique and each with their own individual charm. Ruapehu's historic towns & villages are steeped in pre-European and colonial history and provide access to the multitude of nature based and adrenaline fueled activities the District has to offer.