Getting Here

With Mt Ruapehu conveniently located right in the central North Island of New Zealand, approximately half way between Auckland and Wellington, it is easy to get here and there are many ways of making the journey.

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From To Whakapapa To Turoa
Auckland Approx 4 hrs Approx 4 hrs 30 mins
Wellington Approx 4 hrs 45 mins Approx 4 hrs 15 mins
Taupo Approx 1 hr 15 mins Approx 2 hrs
Rotorua Approx 2 hrs 45 mins Approx 2 hrs
Palmerston North Approx 2 hrs 30 mins Approx 2 hrs 15 mins


We offer Mt Ruapehu Shuttles from Taupo, Turangi, National Park and Whakapapa Village to Whakapapa Ski Area and Shuttles from Ohakune to Turoa Ski Area. See our Ruapehu Shuttles prices and info.

Bus operates bus services to Turangi from most major towns in the North Island, with fares from as low as $1 + booking fee. Intercity has services to Taupo, National Park and Ohakune. Once in the area we have a Shuttle Service from those towns to our ski areas.


KiwiRail Scenic Journeys operates the Northern Explorer train service, which runs between Wellington and Auckland, stopping in both National Park Village and Ohakune. The service travels northbound on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, and Southbound on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.


Fly My Sky has four twin engine aircraft seating nine people and operates charter services direct between Auckland Airport and the Chateau airfield at the base of Whakapapa. The one hour flight means you can be on the mountain by 9am and back in Auckland by 6pm.

Air New Zealand has flights direct into Taupo, Rotorua and Palmerston North Airports. From Taupo you can take one of our Shuttles to Whakapapa Ski Area. From Rotorua it is only a 2.5 hour drive and from Palmerston North less than 2 hours drive until you're on the slopes.

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