Whakapapa day trip, half day or full day adventure in Whakapapa Village exploring ancient lava fields, cascading waterfalls and seeing unique alpine flora. Whakapapa Village is the main entrance into the Dual Heritage Tongariro National Park. Many beautiful short and longer walking tracks begin here. The central location of the village within the national park gives spectacular views of all the volcanoes.
Our visitors centre is on the Bruce road where it covers the history of our Tongariro park, the legends behind the active volcanoes and a 3D outlook of the hikes in the area. The Grands Chateau is a great Whakapapa day trip to have a coffee and step back in time. Inside are movies, High Tea or a lunch menu. Visitors are welcomed inside for a wee look of what yesterday was.
Snow play is just up the road with the longest & highest gondola in NZ. At the bottom and the top of the Gondola is a restaurant & café open all year round with spectacular views towards the Dual Heritage Tongariro National Park. There are more scenic hikes which cover all ages and fitness levels, mountaineering over old lava and volcanic rock.
Hikes on Mt Ruapehu
- Skyline – 2 hours return
- Crater Lake – 5-7 hours return
- Meads Wall – 20 minutes
All year round snow man making, learning to ski/board or just a family friendly sled is available at the Whakapapa ski field. It’s a great place to have lunch sit and relax or explore this hostile and amazing world.
A Few Favourite Hikes
- Taranaki Falls – 2 hour loop hike
- Silica Rapids – 2 hour round trip
- Ridge track – 40 minute return
- Whakapapanui – 2 hours return
Our shuttle buses connect with Naked bus, Intercity and Train to Auckland & Wellington.
Whakapapa Day Trip Return Transport
8am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm departures, returning at 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm
$20 per person one way
What to Take For The Day – Be Safe, Be Prepared
- Day pack
- Snacks & water
- Warm fleece
- Hiking shoes
- Wet weather gear
Shuttles are run by our sister company, Tongariro Crossing Shuttles.