IntroductionThis alpine village is located within Tongariro National Park, at the base of Mount Ruapehu.
The village is the main entrance into the Tongariro National Park and many walking tracks. Whakapapa Ski Area is located 6 km up the Bruce Road from Whakapapa Village.
Find things to do and places to stay Whakapapa Village area
From State Highway 47 going north or south, take the clearly signposted turn-off onto State Highway 48. It is about a 4 hr 30 min drive from either Auckland or Wellington.
Whakapapa Village services
This area includes:
- visitor centre and DOC office
- evening dining and bar
- hiking equipment rental
- shelter and toilets
- parking areas – these have a time limit in winter.
There is currently no hot food or coffee available in the village during the day until further notice. Pack a picnic and bring your thermos.
Transport and parking in winter
Get information on winter road access, parking in Whakapapa Village, shuttle services and bookable parking for ski areas.
Temperatures at the village can be as cold as -10°C or as warm as 25°C. Frosts can occur at any time of the year. Often the overnight temperatures are below freezing in the winter months.
At Whakapapa the annual rainfall is about 2200 mm, while on the Desert Road side it is only 1250 mm.
Often during winter snow falls at the village, and sometimes to lower levels. However for the most part, the winter snowline is above the village.
|Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
|+64 7 892 3729
|+64 4 471 1117
State Highway 48
PO Box 71029
Mount Ruapehu 3951
|Full office details