Manganui-a-te-ao River has beautiful scenery, clear water, great standing waves and stoppers and is unaffected by the extensive hydro schemes.
Welcome to moonscape country in the molten volcanic heart of the North Island.
Here you can experience the delights of Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand's largest active volcano, which last erupted in 1996.
You can tramp, climb and ski on the mystical lunar landscapes of Tongariro National Park. You can also discover life in deep lava caves, and explore ancient forests, red craters, emerald lakes and brooding volcanoes.
Rising out of the sparkling snowfields, rock-strewn slopes and windswept tussock plains is one of New Zealand's most famous recreational river systems. The Tongariro is the main river flowing into Lake Taupo. It is both a renowned rainbow trout fishery and a mecca for rafting and kayaking enthusiasts. The most popular run is a 3 hour, Grade 3, full-on rafting experience through 60 rapids on the Lower Tongariro. The put in is at the Poutu water intake on the Waikato Falls Road and the take out is on the true left bank of the Red Hut Pool.
The Whakapapa River rises on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu and tumbles along a rocky bed to join the Whanganui. The 8 km section down from Owhango on S.H.4 is a particularly enjoyable Grade 2 boulder bed run in above average flows.
The Manganui-a-te-ao River has beautiful scenery, clear water, great standing waves and stoppers and is unaffected by the extensive hydro schemes of the Volcanic Plateau. It is a tributary of the Whanganui, which it joins 12 km above Pipiriki. Access is gained off S.H.4 from Raetihi through Orautoha.
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