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Snowscene Help Guide for Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu

About:
Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu - is approx 40 minutes drive from our shop in Turangi. 
Operating times are 9AM to 4PM from June to October. Whakapapa is known for its excellent beginner facility - Happy Valley, which is perfect for your first time ski and boarders. 

whakapapa trail map - ski with snowscene turangi

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Fun facts:

Weather Conditions

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

Simply drive up using the Bruce road access. Often this road can be restricted to only certain vehicles. Make sure to check the REPORT before you make the drive. These restrictions can be:
Chain ONLY restriction: Your car must have chains to access the road. Chains CANNOT be rented in the surrounding areas (2019 updated), and you must use another option - such as the many shuttle options available:
Chains or 4WD ONLY restriction: Your car must have chains or be in 4WD to access the road. 
No restriction: Away you go :) Take your time.

Shuttle and transport options

You have a number of options for transport if you don't/cant take your vehicle up. 

National Park Shuttle - operated by RAL. Ages 6+ $20 return | Infants (0-5) free with paying adult. Ticket must be purchased from the cashless self-service ticket machine (accepts debit & credit cards) at the Park N Ride centre or from Customer Relations on mountain

Pickup Times | Weekdays

8:15am | 9:15am | 10:15am | The Pinnacles Restaurant Dinner transport 4:45pm | Departs from the Park & Ride Findlay Street - 30 minute journey time.

Pickup Times | Weekends and School Holidays

8.15am | 9.15am | 10.15am | 11.15am | 12.15pm | 3:45pm | The Pinnacles Restaurant Dinner transport 4.45pm | Departs from the Park & Ride Findlay Street - 30 minute journey time.

Return from Whakapapa | Weekdays

1:15pm | 2:15pm | 3:15pm | 3:45pm | 4:15pm | 4:45pm | The Pinnacles Restaurant Dinner transport 7:15pm | Departs from Top of the Bruce - 30 minute journey time.

Return Trip | Weekends and School Holidays

1:15pm | 2:15pm | 3:15pm | 3:45pm | 4:15pm | 4:45pm | The Pinnacles Restaurant Dinner transport 7:15pm | Departs from Top of the Bruce - 30 minute journey time.

Holiday Park Shuttle - A closer service to Whakapapa. This bus is operated by the Whakapapa Holiday Park, and costs $20 adult $15 child return. Operating times are: Restricted Road: 8.30 to 12.30 every 45 mins OR un-restricted road: on demand. Contact number is 07 892 3897

Turangi/Taupo Shuttle: Please see the good folk at https://www.backyardtours.com/whakapapa-transfer.html

Local Sercrets!

 Our favorite runs:

On-mountain lodging

If your keen to stay UP the mountain, we recommend one of these two lodges for good rates and friendly hospitality

Have we missed anything? Please let us know of anything we can add to this list :) Happy shredding!

 

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