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 appropriately.
The closest towns to the two commercial ski fields are listed below. Each town or village has its own range of accommodation and eateries to match your preference, from the alpine enviornment 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 Area||Drive time to Turoa 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|
|Turangi||45 minutes||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Lake Taupo Township||1 hour 20 minutes||2hours 5 minutes|