OMAKA LODGE – Experience Adventure
Adventure tourism is an integral part of the New Zealand way of life, and the district around Omaka Lodge offers ample opportunities for adventure. The central mountains of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe are within easy reach and have plenty of adventure experiences on offer. For skiing or snowboarding there are the famed Whakapapa and Turoa skifields – including the Knoll Ridge Cafe, New Zealand’s highest cafe. For hikers there are many tracks – including the spectacular ‘Tongariro Alpine Crossing’, one of New Zealand’s best day hikes. Scott & Chris, your hosts at Omaka Lodge, traversed the Crossing in 2015 and thoroughly recommend it for those who are fit and keen.
There are plenty of other tramps and bush and river walks in the Ruapehu District suitable for varying levels of fitness. Cyclists are catered for too, with several cycle trails in the district. For those who enjoy water-based adventure, the Whanganui River, New Zealand’s third-longest, affords an excellent assortment of adventure tourism experiences – from the gentility of fishing to peacefully meandering in canoes or kayaks, to the fun and excitement of jetboating.
Perhaps the ultimate adventure tourism experiences are those offered by Forgotten World Adventures, located just 8kms from Omaka Lodge. Especially notable are their selection of RailCart tours which allows tourists to self-drive buggies along the rails of the disused 142km railway line running through the Forgotten World from Taumarunui to Stratford. Scott & Chris went on a 10-Tunnel tour in 2017 and found it to be a fantastic and unforgettable experience, totally unlike anything they’ve experienced anywhere else in the world. As well as RailCarts, Forgotten World Adventures also offer jetboat trips on the Whanganui River – including to New Zealand’s iconic ‘Bridge To Nowhere’, a concrete road bridge that has no roads leading to or from it. Scott & Chris visited the Bridge To Nowhere by jetboat tour in 2017 and found it a very thought-provoking and interesting experience.
All these adventure experiences and more are within easy reach of Omaka Lodge – to find out more, please select any of the buttons below. And at the end of the day, whatever adventure you’ve experienced, you can return to the relaxing sanctuary of Omaka Lodge, a tranquil oasis amidst New Zealand’s Forgotten World.
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