Turoa, Mt Ruapehu - is approx 1h 15 minutes drive from our shop in Turangi.
Operating times are 9AM to 4PM from June to October. Turoa is known for excellent wide open trails, and the highest lifted point in New Zealand which always make for amazing views
All weather on Mt Ruapehu can change very quickly, and is known for its strong winds that whip over the mountain. Always be prepared with the gear so you are good for any situation. Even on a hot, spring day conditions can change relatively quickly. The best way to be prepared is study THIS LIST, and have accurate weather predictions - find them here.
Getting there, and restrictions
Turoa is accessed via the Ohakune Mountain Road, which is fully paved from Ohakune to the base - although can be prone to closing or being restricted when it snows. Make sure you are aware of the road condition before you travel up.
Chain ONLY restriction: Your car must have chains to access the road. Chains CAN be rented in Ohakune from 27 Ayr Street. This will require a $50 deposit & $20 payment. We would recommend taking cash for this as eftpos is yet to be confirmed. This service will operate weekends only.
Chains or 4WD ONLY restriction: Your car must have chains or be in 4WD to access the road.
No restriction: Away you go :) Please keep a good following distance as the road can be quite narrow and steep at parts.
Shuttle and transport options
You have a number of options for transport if you don't/cant take your vehicle up.
Ohakune Shuttle - operated by RAL. Your cheapest and easiest option. Simply meet the bus at one of the many departure times, and load on in. Service TBC
Turangi/Taupo Shuttle: Please see the good folk at https://www.backyardtours.com/whakapapa-transfer.html
Our favorite runs:
Have we missed anything? Please let us know of anything we can add to this list :) Happy shredding!