(2021) Everything to know about Mt Ruapehu Carparking and Shuttles | 2021 Season

June 29, 2020 3 min read

(2021) Everything to know about Mt Ruapehu Carparking and Shuttles | 2021 Season

As of the 25th 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:

 BOOK HERE>> https://www.mtruapehu.com/parking

  • You will need to PRE-BOOK a parking space for 6 WEEKENDS IN THE SEASON ONLY.Every other day DOES NOT require booking.

    31st July/1st August

    > 7th/8th August
    > 14th/15th August
    > 21st/22nd August
    > 28th/29th August
    > 4th/5th September

  • Season and Life Pass holders do not need to book on these weekends. 
  • 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 (Recommended)
From Turangi
From Taupo
From Ohakune

 

From Whakapapa Village

Due to the 3 Hour parking limit that has been put in place for 2021 - we wouldn't recommend booking any shuttles from Whakapapa Village UNLESS you are staying in the accommodation there.

From National Park Township (Recommended)

We would highly recommend booking your shuttles the night before with any of the operators below. Choose a pickup time, and arrive at '1 WARD ST, NATIONAL PARK' (PARK N RIDE) 15 mins before your departure. This is the most convenient and cost-effective solution to getting up the Bruce Rd when there are restrictions. 

If you prefer to use chains, we have a range of high-quality chains for you to purchase - starting at $145

Please note, you cannot hire chains in Turangi, National Park or Whakapapa Village.



National Park Park n Ride Shuttle and Bus Pickup Location
Ruapehu Scenic Shuttles Details
Timetable From Park n Ride, or specified location. Bus runs on-demand or hourly. 
Pricing Adult: $20 per person | Child: $20
Other info Book Online or call +642041114648
National Park Shuttles Details
Timetable Pickup Park 'N Ride, National Park. Depature 8.15am or 9.30am, return 3.00pm or 4.15pm.
Pricing Adult: $30 / Child: $15
Other info Book online or call 027 394 1498
Summit Shuttles Details
Timetable Pickup from National Park Village Park and Ride (1 Ward St National Park Village). Multiple departure options. See Website
Pricing Adult: $35 per person | Child: $10
Other info Book Online or call on day Phone: 0800 828 294
Ruapehu Mtn Transport Details
Timetable 8.15am, 9.15am, and 10.15am from Park 'N Ride National Park Village. Returns 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm
Pricing $30 Adult Return / $30 Kid return
Family (2AD/2CH) $100
Other info Book Online | Full details

Tongariro Volcanic Adventures Details
Timetable Departs on demand. Pickup from location or as stated
Pricing Adult: $25 per person return
Other info Book ahead or call on day Phone: 07 892 2870 Full details

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


From Turangi to Whakapapa


Backyard Tours Details
Timetable Departs 7.30am | Returns 4.00pm Pickup from your location
Pricing Adult: $50 per person | Child: (0 - 16yrs) $30 per person
Other info Book Online | Phone: +64 22 314 2656 | +64 7 386 5322 Full details
Adventure HQ Details
Timetable Departs Turangi 8.45
Pricing $59 Adult / $49 Child / 2 Adults 2 Kids $180 Return
Other info Book Online | Phone: 0800 247 800 Full details

From Taupo to Whakapapa

Adventure HQ Details
Timetable Departs Taupo 8.00am
Pricing $59 Adult / $49 Child / 2 Adults 2 Kids $180 Return
Other info Book Online | Phone: 0800 247 800 Full details

Ohakune to Turoa

Ruapehu Mtn Transport Details
Timetable 7.45am, 9.00am, and 10.15am departure from multiple locations. Returns 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm
Pricing $30 Adult Return / $30 Kid return
Family (2AD/2CH) $100
Other info Book Online
Full details

 

Dempseys Shuttles Details
Timetable 7.30am pickup from multiple locations (see website)
Pricing $35 Adult Return / $25 Kid return ( Kids 12 and under)
Other info Pre Booking is ideal
Phone: 06 385 4022
Full details
Jordan Palmer
Jordan Palmer


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