Tongariro National Park
Tongariro is the country’s oldest national park and a UNESCO dual world heritage area. It features three volcanoes: Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu as well as a diverse range of ecosystems.
Mt Ruapehu is the North Island’s winter playground and is home to Turoa and Whakapapa ski fields. The introduction of the Sky Waka gondola at Whakapapa provides a year-round experience 2,020m above sea level.
The North Island’s ski town, Ohakune is also New Zealand’s carrot capital and is a popular year round destination for hikers, bikers and snow-lovers.
This charming old timber town features New Zealand’s widest street and oldest picture theatre. The recent addition of the Dinosaur House is a great attraction for all ages. Located just 38kms from the Ranch, Raetihi has the closest petrol station and shops.
The Manganui O Te Ao River runs through the domain providing sandy beaches and excellent swimming and trout fishing opportunities. It’s also home to New Zealand’s endangered Whio (blue duck).
Mountain to Sea Cycle Trail
The trail runs from Tongariro National Park to the Whanganui River and out to the untamed Tasman Sea. Riders can join the popular Mangaparua Track which includes the iconic Bridge to Nowhere at an entry point located just 5kms from Mellonsfolly Ranch.