Lonely Planet Writer

Mount Ruapehu is the World Heritage spot beloved by skateboarders

Immersed in the World Heritage Tongariro National Park in New Zealand, there is a mythic road where longboard skaters race every year.


The amazing landscape is made up of three main volcanoes, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. It’s Mount Ruapehu that is a particularly favoured destination among skateboarders and snowboarders alike given its heights and drops.


Every year in February longboard aficionados gather to take part in the Mount Ruapehu Race which sees really skilled longboard skaters take to the smooth and steep Bruce Road for what makes for some daredevil antics on the way down.


Competitors are warned to not take part unless they’re expert and these videos show why!