Whakapapa Travel Guide

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Whakapapa Things to Do

  • Skiing and Toboganning

    Most people go to Whakapapa to enjoy the snow activities. You can get your ski passes at the main counter which includes skiis and chair lift passes. Specify whether you want beginners or advanced slopes. Also, for beginners, you can ask for the ski lesson package which is about NZ$75 per person. This includes your lesson, ski lift pass and all ski...

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    Image taken on Whakapapa on the Nth island in NZNew Zealand's North Island contains a number of active and potentially active volcanoes.This photo has 11 images in it:)

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  • Mount Ruapehu -Whakapapa-

    Skiing & snowboarding at Mount Ruapehu ski area. Mt Ruapehu is home to New Zealand's two largest ski areas with 1800 hectares of some serious room to move. Whakapapa and Turoa ski resorts located on the north-west and south-west slopes respectively, provide a winter paradise for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities.

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Whakapapa Transportation

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    Road to Whakapapa Ski Fields

    by skyangel_k1 Written Jun 21, 2005

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    It is not inconvenient, but you cannot take the car all the way up to the doorstep of the ski area. You need to leave your car at the carparks provided. Remember to take note of which car park you left your car at. And do arrive early or the car parks tend to fill up quickly. A shuttle service bus takes you from the car park to the mountain area.

    State Highway (SH1) is also called the Desert Road passes on the eastern side of Tongariro park, SH4 on the west, SH47 on the north and SH49 on the south. SH48 is the main road into the park leading to Whakapapa Village and the ski area.

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    • Skiing and Boarding
    • National/State Park
    • Road Trip

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Whakapapa Warnings and Dangers

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    Frolic on the slopes

    by skyangel_k1 Written Jun 21, 2005

    Car thefts and having car windows smashed and your valuables stolen is getting more rampant around holiday areas as thieves know that you will be leaving your car for at least a day or two.

    Do not keep valuables in the car. Do not offer any temptations, not even a coat or jacket or a bag or groceries. Keep it bare and visually untempting.

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    • National/State Park
    • Family Travel
    • Skiing and Boarding

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Whakapapa What to Pack

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    by wkcsmt Written Jan 18, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Skiing+snowboarding equipments are available for hire, but you'll need:
    - Water proof jacket and over trousers
    - Sunglasses
    - Warm hat and gloves

    Extra item if you're doing the Crater Lake guided walk or other mountain walks:
    - Sturdy tramping boots (not runners or gumboots)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: - Sunscreen

    Miscellaneous: - Lunch and refreshments (for Crater Lake Guided Walk)

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Skiing and Boarding

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Whakapapa Off The Beaten Path

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    Tee off in Turangi

    by skyangel_k1 Written Jun 21, 2005

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    Most people head for the ski fields of Whakapapa. However, if you like, there is a nice golf course in Turangi, 4km from Lake Taupo on its southern side. It is very near the Tongariro National Park.

    Golf here is quiet and reasonable in price ($20), as everybody is off skiing. It sometimes snow on the golf course, which makes it quite a pleasant experience.

    There is an information centre at Turangi which also offers info on the Tongariro National Park.

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    • Golf
    • Skiing and Boarding
    • National/State Park

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Whakapapa Sports & Outdoors

  • Skiing, snowboarding & chair lift rides

    The skiing is great for all levels at Whakapapa Ski fields. There is a beginners slope for the first and second timers, and more hardcore challenges for those up to it.And those who prefer snowboarding or would like to try it, lessons are offered on site as well.If you prefer a quieter outing, just buy a chair lift pass (without skiis) and enjoy...

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  • Golf in Turangi

    Most people head for the ski fields of Whakapapa. However, don't forget your golf clubs, as there is a very pleasant golf course in Turangi, 4km from Lake Taupo on its southern side. It is very near the Tongariro National Park. Golf here is quiet and reasonable in price ($20), as everybody is off skiing. It sometimes snow on the golf course during...

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