Ruapehu District

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

Ruapehu District
Mount Ruapehu in the Ruapehu District along Ruatiti Road
Location of the Ruapehu District
CountryNew Zealand
IslandNorth Island
Named forMount Ruapehu
  MayorDon Cameron
  Deputy MayorMarion Gillard
  Chief ExecutiveClive Manley
  Total6,370 km2 (2,460 sq mi)
Highest elevation
2,797 m (9,177 ft)
 (June 2018)[1]
  Density2.0/km2 (5.1/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Area code(s)07 (northern and central)
06 (southern)
WebsiteRuapehu District Council

It has an area of 6,730 square kilometers and the district's population at the June 2018 census was 12,650.[1]


The district is landlocked, and contains the western half of the Tongariro National Park, including Mount Ruapehu and the western sides of 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 Raetihi, Whakapapa Village, National Park and Ohakune are located near Mount Ruapehu in the south east of the district. 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.

Local representation

Ruapehu District Council

The Ruapehu District Council was established by the 1989 local government reforms. It was formed from the Taumarunui Borough Council, Taumarunui County Council, Waimarino District Council and parts of the Rangitikei County, Taupo District, Waitomo District and Stratford District councils.[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 Karen Ngatai 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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