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Everything to know about Mt Ruapehu Carparking and Shuttles | 2020 Season

June 29, 2020 4 min read

Everything to know about Mt Ruapehu Carparking and Shuttles | 2020 Season

As of the 1st of July 2020, Mt Ruapehu has a new 'online carpark booking' system in order to manage the flow of traffic throughout the season - and avoid congestion on those busy days. This in recent years has been a common concern of travelers visiting Mt Ruapehu - as often carpark capacity was reached in the very early hours of the morning - meaning your only options to get up to enjoy the snow meant catching a shuttle or waiting in the long queues until parks were free.

What you need to know in order to not miss out:


 

  • You will need to PRE-BOOK a parking space for SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY online before you visit. By pre-booking, you will be reserved one of the limited parking spaces that are available
  • You can book a carpark up to 10 DAYS IN ADVANCE
    Online bookings open at 10am Wednesday - allowing you to reserve yourself a carpark up until that following Friday. Bookings then reset for the next 10 days every Wednesday 10am.
  • Your car's license plate will be used to verify your vehicle once you arrive.
  • Bookings can be made on the Mt Ruapehu website
  • Bookings will be free of charge
  • There are approximately 1800 car parks at each of the ski fields

What are the options if I cannot get up the mountain?

There are a number of local shuttle/bus operators who can take you up from a number of locations. We have gathered EVERY option below to help you decide which one is going to work best for you...

Where do you want to depart from?

From Whakapapa Village
From National Park Township
From Turangi
From Taupo
From Ohakune

 

From Whakapapa Village

Whakapapa Holiday Park Buses Details
Timetable

On demand or every 45mins 8.30 - 12.30. | Pickup from whakapapa holiday park offices

Pricing Adults: $20 | Child: $10
Other info No booking necessary | Phone:  +64 7 8923 897 More info
My Kiwi Adventure Details
Timetable

On demand pickup from your location in either national park village or whakapapa village

Pricing $40 per person
Other info Bookings Recommended | Phone:  0800 784 202 More info

Ruapehu Scenic Shuttles Details
Timetable Pickup as per request, or whakapapa village
Pricing Adult: $30 per person | Child: (0 - 16yrs) $20 per person One-way trip: $15
Other info 10 mins before booking Phone: +642041114648 Full details

From National Park Township


Ruapehu Scenic Shuttles Details
Timetable 8.30am from Park n Ride (Station Rd) Pickup from accomodation Transport also runs on demand
Pricing Adult: $35 per person | Child: (0 - 16yrs) $15 per person One-way trip: $20
Other info 10 mins before booking Phone: +642041114648 Full details
National Park Shuttles Details
Timetable Pickup from your location in National Park Pickup times arranged over phone
Pricing Adult: $40 per person
Other info Book in advance or on the day Phone: 07 8922 998 Full details
Summit Shuttles Details
Timetable Pickup from National Park Village Park and Ride (1 Ward St National Park Village). (Also available on demand) Accomodation pickup available (subject to demand.)
Pricing Adult: $35 per person return Child: $10
Other info Book ahead or call on day Phone: 0800 828 294
Tongariro Volcanic Adventures Details
Timetable Departs 8.30am | Returns 4.15pm from TOB (Also available on demand) Pickup from location in national park
Pricing Adult: $25 per person return
Other info Book ahead or call on day Phone: 07 892 2870 Full details

From Turangi


Backyard Tours Details
Timetable Departs 7.30am | Returns 4.00pm Pickup from your location
Pricing Adult: $60 per person | Child: (0 - 16yrs) $40 per person
Other info Bookings essential Phone: +64 22 314 2656 | +64 7 386 5322 Full details
Adventure HQ Details
Timetable Adult $59 per person Child (0 - 16yrs) $49 per person Family Pass (2A2C) $180
Pricing $45 Adult Return / $25 Kid return ( Kids 12 and under ) $120 Return - 2 Adults 2 Kids $85 Return - 1 Adult 2 Kids
Other info Pre Booking essential Phone: 0800 247 800 Full details

From Taupo

Adventure HQ Details
Timetable Adult $59 per person Child (0 - 16yrs) $49 per person Family Pass (2A2C) $180
Pricing $45 Adult Return / $25 Kid return ( Kids 12 and under ) $120 Return - 2 Adults 2 Kids $85 Return - 1 Adult 2 Kids
Other info Pre Booking essential Phone: 0800 247 800 Full details

From Ohakune

 

Ohakune to Whakapapa TOB

 

Dempseys Shuttles Details
Timetable 7.45am pick up Top 10 Holiday Park
Stop off outside The Peaks on the way to the Junction 8am pick up at The Keg
3.30pm depart from Whakapapa
Pricing $45 Adult Return / $25 Kid return ( Kids 12 and under)
$120 Return - 2 Adults 2 Kids
$85 Return - 1 Adult 2 Kids
Other info Pre Booking is ideal
Phone: 06 385 4022
Full details
Jordan Palmer
Jordan Palmer


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