In the centre of the North Island is the Ruapehu region. A region of mountains, lakes, rivers and tussock.
Dominated by the 3 mountains of Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe the area is a mecca for tourists as it provides some of the best ski fields in New Zealand in winter.
Many small towns are in the region. Taumarunui, Ohakune and Waiouru to name a few. At Waiouru is the famous military museum and Ohakune is friendly known as "the carrot capital of New Zealand".
Access through much of this area is via the Desert Road which is often closed in winter with other roads an option for travel.
Although remote and wild, tourists flock to the area for skiing, hiking the famous Tongariro crossing and taking in the small town hospitality.