Econo Lodge Napier
85 Meeanee Quay
Phone: (64) 6 8359879
Fax: (64) 6 8350290
Three hours north of Wellington and the rafting fun begins, thanks to the Mangaweka Adventure Company. There are two reasonable river adventures of one hour and three hour duration, and a heart pumping grade five white water jaunt. Experienced guides who provide instruction and safety gear accompany all trips. Also overnight camps in New Zealand's most beautiful canyons. If the rafting is not enough then a bungy drop into the canyon or a quick jet boat spin will provide an adrenalin filled experience.
Heading into the world's fourth oldest and New Zealand's first national park, you are greeted by contrasting landscapes of arid plateaus, green forests, gushing rivers, greenish-blue tarns, volcanic craters and snow-clad mountains. Situated in North Island, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to three famous volcanoes: Mount Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. Here, visitors can view alpine natural beauty, rare soil and rocks, and hot springs. The terrain changes hues from deep red and brown to vivid green and blue within a few meters. This national park is replete with religious structures of the Māori people, a native Polynesian tribe. Adventurous visitors have plenty of hiking routes such as the Whakapapa Village Walking Tracks, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Mount Ruapehu Crater Climb and Tongariro Northern Circuit. One can also indulge in other activities such as white water rafting, fishing and horse riding. The picturesque setting made this national park one of the sites for filming the trilogy The Lord of the Rings.
You may not meet many aristocrats at this club but you will meet a great bunch of friendly ski enthusiasts. With access to lodges at the magnificent ski-fields of the central North Island, there can be no better way to appreciate the mountains of New Zealand. All members of Aorangi Ski Club contribute to the maintenance of the lodges but the low membership fees make it worthwhile. This is a family club and children are welcome. Safe skiing and mountain craft are encouraged and expert guidance given.
Turoa is located on the southeast face of Mount Ruapehu, 17 kilometres from the après-ski village, Ohakune and about 300 kilometres from Wellington. Some claim it is the best field in the country with ever changing ski conditions providing constant challenges. The annual snowfall is 500 centimetres and the highest point 2320 metres. There are two triple chairs, two quads, four platters and three T-bars. Snowboarding and extreme skiing is possible as well as ski schools, mountain safety courses and of course great food and accommodation in the village. The season is June to November.