There’s little to do in the village itself, its major enticement being its proximity to national park tramps, mountain-bike trails, canoe trips on the Whanganui River and winter skiing. Most accommodation in town offers packages for shuttles to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing as well as lift passes and ski hire, sparing you the steeper prices further up the mountain. The best ski gear can be hired from Eivins and Ski Biz.

Daily shuttles leave from here to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Whakapapa Village in summer, and the ski area in winter.

When the conditions are favourable, experienced outdoor climbers with their own gear can find spots near Mangatepopo Valley and Whakapapa Gorge. Otherwise head to the indoor climbing wall at National Park Backpackers.