Proudly positioned on Mt Ruapehu’s western slopes, Whakapapa Village is supremely positioned for summer hiking and winter skiing.
Set against a dramatic mountain backdrop, the heritage Chateau Tongariro Hotel is a grand welcome to Whakapapa Village. High Tea or snooker in the Ruapehu Lounge is a fitting way to survey its elegant architecture.
The village’s adventure hub is Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre, which offers information and advice on all the adventures right on the doorstep.
Whakapapa ski area is a major drawcard in winter. Non-skiers can get in on the action by riding the gondola to Knoll Ridge, New Zealand’s highest cafe.
The village is a hiker’s paradise all year round, boasting a series of short walks such as Taranaki Falls, Meads Wall and Skyline, all of which pack in plenty of strange volcanic landforms. Longer options include the world renown Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit.
There are plenty of other accommodation options in the village, including ski lodges and a back-to-nature campground, and there’s a choice of dining options, too.