Tongariro National Park transport and parking in winter
IntroductionWhat you need to know when visiting Mount Ruapehu and Whakapapa Village in winter.
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In certain conditions, Bruce Road to Whakapapa Ski Area may be restricted to vehicles with chains and/or 4WD, or closed to all vehicles.
Check the Waka Kotahi road closure website for the live Bruce Road status to find out if the road is closed or open.
Check the Mt Ruapehu website for the live Bruce Road status for all other restrictions.
Restrictions may also be in place for Ohakune Mountain Road to Tūroa Ski Area (road managed by Ruapehu District Council).
During winter, parking along SH48 in Whakapapa Village is limited to 3 hours. Parking is intended for visitors to access short walks, the visitor centre, toilets and local shops, restaurants and cafes.
Visitors who need to park in Whakapapa Village for longer than 3 hours, or overnight, can get a parking permit by phone, email or visiting the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre.
Tracks from the Village that take longer than 3 hours include:
Shuttle services are available from ‘Park and Ride’ facilities in National Park Village and Ohakune Carrot Park, as well as from local towns such as Turangi and Taupo.
There are no ‘Park and Ride’ shuttles available from Whakapapa Village to Whakapapa Ski Area. Guests staying at accommodation in the Village can arrange shuttles directly from their accommodation.