Raurimu, National Park
Nelson, 11Raurimu, my favourite place in summer AND winter. At the foot of Mount Ruapehu, it's a peaceful place, cows, sheep, horses everywhere. The only connection to the outside world is the occasional car that passes through, and the daily freight train. In the winter ski or snowboard the mountain, or stay at home and sit in front of the fire, sipping hot chocolate. In the summer, hike to the top of the mountain or walk through the bush to the waterfall, where there's a great natural swimming hole. You can even take your gun into the bush and hunt! This is best place to go to ski, hike or just relax.