Getting Here
Proudly situated in the dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park, Whakapapa is central to most North Island towns

Location & Drive Times

An easy drive from most North Island towns

Whakapapa is right in the middle of the North Island, an easy drive from Auckland, Wellington & most other North Island cities & towns. Head over for an easy short or long winter break!

Once you're in the region you'll find it well serviced by the local villages of National Park & Whakapapa Village. From Whakapapa Village you're only a short 6km drive or shuttle up a fully sealed road to the ski area - it's the easiest mountain road in NZ! Or head to Turangi or Taupo for a lakeside town experience a little further afield & serviced by our shuttles.

The closest airport to Whakapapa is Taupō's domestic airport.


National Park Snow Shuttle

Available daily throughout the season. See more info for pricing and schedules.

Taupō & Turangi Snow Shuttle

*Bookings Essential* Shuttles make our easy access ski area even more accessible. Grab a shuttle from Taupo or Turangi daily & we'll drop you off right at the base of the Whakapapa ski area ready to hit the slopes.

Subaru Road Info

Subaru vehicles are particularly well suited for winter driving. The All-Wheel Drive system automatically transfers power from the wheels that slip, to the wheels that grip. If you need a reminder of why Subaru is the ideal match for the mountain, simply look at what our team drives. We're in Subarus for a reason!

Check out our daily road status in our snow report & Click more info for important driving tips!

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