Ruapehu District

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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
Seat Taumarunui
 • Mayor Don Cameron
 • Deputy Mayor Marion Gillard
 • Chief Executive Clive Manley
 • Total 6,370 km2 (2,460 sq mi)
Highest elevation 2,797 m (9,177 ft)
Population (June 2017)[1]
 • Total 12,700
 • Density 2.0/km2 (5.2/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 2017 census was 12,700,.[1]


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

Local representation[edit]

Ruapehu District Council[edit]

The Ruapehu District Council was established in 1989, replacing the former Taumarunui Borough Council, Taumarunui County Council and part of the Rangitikei County Council.[2] The council is made up of 12 elected councillors including a mayor and deputy mayor. The district is also served by 2 Community Boards and a Ward Committee with the same functions and powers as the Community Boards.


The current mayor of the Ruapehu District is Don Cameron, with Marion Gillard as the deputy mayor.


  • Taumarunui/Ohura Ward Committee; 6 members; 5 councillors from Taumarunui, and 1 Ohura Ward Councillors.
  • Waimarino-Waiouru Community Board; 6 members; 2 Ward Councillors (appointed); 4 elected community representatives.
  • National Park Community Board; 5 members; 1 Ward Councillor; 4 elected community representatives.

- The Taumarunui/Ohura Ward Committee is the community board for Taumarunui and Ohura Wards and the council has given it the same powers and functions as the community boards.[3]


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Coordinates: 38°48′14″S 175°15′43″E / 38.804°S 175.262°E / -38.804; 175.262