Whakapapa Village




  • Easy access to Mt Ruapehu skifield
  • Base for exploring
  • Large heritage hotel


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For summer hiking and winter skiing, Whakapapa Village is a grand place to stay. The volcanic slopes of Mount Ruapehu are just up the road.

Whakapapa ski field, Ruapehu

By Mt Ruapehu

Chateau Tongariro, Ruapehu

By Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Ruapehu, Ruapehu

By missnowitall@icloud.com

New Zealand
Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand

By Graeme Murray

Whakapapa Village is located at the base of the access road to Whakapapa ski field on the western side of Mount Ruapehu, an active volcano. The settlement is dominated by the elegant Chateau Tongariro, a large heritage hotel that was built in 1929.

The village also offers less expensive accommodation, including camp sites. In winter, shuttle buses operate to and from the ski field, which has more than 30 runs, gear rental, ski schools and cafés. Summer is a time for canoeing, white water rafting and hiking in the Tongariro National Park. Expeditions include the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro Northern Circuit and the Crater Rim.

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Ruapehu Attractions →

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National Park →