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  2. Explore the Region
  3. Mount Ruapehu
  4. Getting to the Mountain

Getting to the Mountain

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Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu

Situated in the centre of New Zealand's North Island the ski areas at Mount Ruapehu are easily accessible from all directions


Ohakune with Turoa Ski Area in background

Getting to the mountain is easy, with good quality sealed roads suitable for campervans complete with stunning scenery to enjoy along the way. Sometimes in winter chains are required, and in icy conditions you'll need to drive with extra care.

The closest towns to the two commercial ski fields in Ruapehu are listed below. Each town or village has its own range of accommodation and eateries to match your preference, from the alpine environment of a small town in the middle of the Tongariro National Park through to larger towns with larger shopping options.

Departing from :Drive time to Whakapapa Ski AreaDrive time to Ski Area
Whakapapa Village  8 minutes  1 hour
National Park Village
 22 minutes  45 minutes
Ohakune  45 minutes  22 minutes
Raetihi  45 minutes  30 minutes
Taumarunui  48 minutes  1 hour 15 minutes

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