Located in the Central Plateau of NZ’s North Island, Mt Ruapehu is an easy drive from the nation’s main centres of Auckland & Wellington and tourist hotspots such as Taupō, Rotorua & Tauranga. The closest airport to both Whakapapa and Tūroa is Taupō's domestic airport.
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) has undertaken a transport pre-qualification exercise and awarded a 5 year exclusive supply agreement for the public transport shuttle services Taumata Ikaroa. The new brand Taumata Ikaroa is a partnership between Te Urungi o Ngāti Kuri Ltd, the commercial arm of Ngāti Kuri Trust Board, and Sand Safaris with a placeholder being held for Iwi/Hapu on the mountain.
Taumata Ikaroa will bring its unique Far North transport offering to the ski fields of Turoa and Whakapapa with a fleet of brand new 4WD buses.
You’ll find shuttle timetables and pricing, plus drive times and details on closest airports on the links below.