Accommodation in Whakapapa

For summer hiking and winter snow sports, Whakapapa Village is a great place to stay. Located at the base of the access road to the Whakapapa ski field on the western side of Mount Ruapehu, an active volcano. The village highlight in terms of accommodation is the elegant heritage hotel the Chateau Tongariro, however there is also a range of other accommodation around this area including camp sites.

The Tongariro National Park is the first national park in New Zealand and one of the oldest in the world. In 1887 the area was donated by Maori chief Te Heuheu Horonuku Tukino as he saw this as an important solution to preserve this beautiful area. In 1990 the park was put by UNESCO as the first national park on the World Heritage List. It was deemed a World Heritage Site due to both its cultural and spiritual significance to local Maori and also because of its volcanic features, emerald lakes, alpine meadows and steaming craters.

The park has three impressive active volcanoes, Ngauruhoe, Ruapehu and Tongariro and 2 major ski fields. The variety of landscapes in such a relatively small area is what makes this park so unique. Here you will also find many native birds such as the Kiwi, the Bellbird and the Tui, The Park is an all season’s destination in the summer months it’s ideal for hiking and river activities and in the winter it is a fun snowboarding and skiing destination.

In the winter you can ski on the active volcano Mount Ruapehu. There are two ski areas on Ruapehu: Whakapapa and Turoa.

Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets

Chateau Tongariro
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Chateau Tongariro Hotel Mt Ruapehu

“The place to stay in National Park! Timeless elegance in a beautiful historic hotel located right within the dual world heritage national park with stunning views of the alpine landscape.”

Skotel Alpine Lodge
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Skotel Tongariro Alpine Lodge

“Great affordable lodge located on the wedge of Whakapapa Village in the heart of the park. Cozy timbre lodge.”

More information about Tongariro National Park

Hike Tongariro1. Tongariro Crossing
One of New Zealand’s best one day walks due to the fact that you see such diverse scenery in this 8 hour trek with a distance of about 17 kilometers. You walk through a spectacular volcanic landscape of lava, rocks and streams. It is best hiked in the summer but winter is also a great option for experienced hikers with good alpine skills. Find Out More >

Whakapapa Ski Field2. Whakapapa Ski Field
Whakapapaa consists of 550 hectares of ski area including a dedicated beginner’s area Happy Valley. It is New Zealand’s biggest and busiest ski area. Find Out More >

Turoa Ski Field3. Turoa Ski Field
Turoa consists of 500 hectares of ski area and 400 back country ski area. At the base of Turoa is the lively Ohakune town. Find Out More >

Rafting, Tongariro4. White Water Rafting
The Tongariro River is one of New Zealand’s most famous rivers. Take an exhilarating journey through rapids, clear water and breathtaking gorges. Find Out More >

Ngarahoe5. Tongariro Northern Circuit
If you have more time and you are a real hiking fanatic, then do the ‘Tongariro Northern Circuit ‘, which takes about three days. This begins at Mangatepopo or Whakapapa, heads over the crossing then makes a short detour to Blue Lake, then down to Oturere Hut. You will pass several volcanic craters, colored crater lakes, hot springs and other spectacular scenery. Find Out More >

Ruapehu Crater Climb6. Mount Ruapehu Crater Climb
A climb to the crater of Mount Ruapehu is possible in the summer and is very rewarding for experienced climbers. The climb is not entirely without risk because this volcano is still spewing toxic gases and may lose stones come down. Always do this journey with a group. Find Out More >

River Kayaking7. River Kayaking
The Tongariro River is one of New Zealand’s most famous rivers. Take an exhilarating journey through rapids, clear water and breathtaking gorges. Find Out More >

Tongariro Bike Riding8. Mountain Biking
Whether your a expert or a novice there are plentry of tracks to keep you entertained. With stunning views of the Tongariro National Park and surrounding areas mountain biking is an exhilirating way to experience this beautiful part of New Zealand. Find Out More >

Hot Springs9. Natural Hot Springs
What better way to unwind after a day of hiking or skiing then relaxing in a nautral hot pool. There are a number of them to be found, around the Tongariro and Taupo area – best to ask locals for their favorite spot! Find Out More >

Ohakune Mardigras10. Ohakune Mardi Gras
The biggest music bash of the year, the mountain mardi gras is held at 600m above sea level and only 10000m from the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. All walks of life come together for one huge night of fun. Find Out More >

 

There are shuttles that are avaliable for doing the various hikes such as Tongariro Crossing, these can be arranged with your hotel. Also in the winter there are regular shuttles going up to the ski resorts from Whakapapa Village and Ohakune.