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Ruapehu District
Territorial authority of New Zealand
Mount Ruapehu in the Ruapehu District along Ruatiti Road
Mount Ruapehu in the Ruapehu District along Ruatiti Road
Location of the Ruapehu District
Location of the Ruapehu District
Country New Zealand
Island North Island
Region Manawatu-Wanganui
Named for Mount Ruapehu
Area
 • Total 6,370 km2 (2,460 sq mi)
Highest elevation 2,797 m (9,177 ft)
Population (June 2016)
 • Total 12,500
 • Density 1.962/km2 (5.082/sq mi)
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Area code(s) 07 (northern and central)
06 (southern)
Website Ruapehu District Council

Ruapehu District is a territorial authority in the centre of New Zealand's North Island.

It has an area of 6,730 square kilometers and the district's population at the June 2016 census was 12,500,.

Features

The district is landlocked, and contains the western half of the Tongariro National Park, including most of Mount Ruapehu and the western sides Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro, as well as part of the Whanganui National Park. The district is also home to the world famous Raurimu Spiral on the North Island Main Trunk railway line.

The tourist towns of Whakapapa Village, National Park and Ohakune are located near Mount Ruapehu in the south east of the district, and Waiouru, with an elevation of 815 metres, is in the extreme south east of the district and houses the large Waiouru Army Camp. The southern section of the infamous Desert Road section of State Highway 1 runs through the east of the district, from Waiouru to Rangipo.

Cattle in Ruapehu District along Ruatiti Road
Cattle in Ruapehu District along Ruatiti Road

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