About Mt Ruapehu
How often do you get to say you’ve skied on a semi-active Volcano? At Mt Ruapehu you can! Mt Ruapehu is the largest semi-active volcano in the Tongariro National Park with a choice of two ski areas – Whakapapa and Turoa on the one pass.
Situated in the North Island, only a 4 hour drive from Auckland and Wellington and 2 hours from Rotorua, Mt Ruapehu is the only ski resort in the North Island. The iconic Lake Taupo is located just an hour from Whakapapa and offers a wide range of adventure activities including jet boating, sky diving, cruises and thermal parks. Lake Taupo makes a great day trip if your tired legs need a rest.
For accommodation you can either base yourself in Ohakune or Whakapapa. Ohakune has a great nightlife with a range of bars & restaurants and is just under an hours drive from the mountain. Whakapapa village is as close as you can get (about a 15 minute drive) and offers a quieter environment and majestic views of the World Heritage Park.
How to get there
When flying from Australia it's easiest to fly into either Auckland or Wellington airport and drive to either Ohakune or Whakapapa Village.
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The drive from Auckland is approximately 5 hours depending on traffic out of Auckland. Car hire is available at the airport although you will need to collect chains in Ohakune or Whakapapa Village as they don't provide them at Auckland Airport.
The drive from Wellington is 4 hours, car hire is available at the airport. Similar to Auckland, you will need to pick up chains in Ohakune or Whakapapa Village as they are not available at Wellington Airport.
You will need a car to drive to and from the mountain each day, the drive is 6km from Whakapapa Village to Whakapapa Mountain and 17km from Ohakune to Turoa Mountain.
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“With its unique terrain, giant carrots and a lake at the top of the mountain. Mt Ruapehu really is one of a kind.”
Steph, Reservations Consultant
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