This small village is located on the north/west side of Mount Ruapehu (one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes) and 6 km from the Whakapapa ski area, New Zealand’s largest ski field.
There is a DOC Visitor Information Centre in the village which has exhibits, a store and helpful staff to give good information about the area, weather conditions, etc. They can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +64 7 892 3729.
Whilst there are only four eating establishments in the village, they all offer good quality dining options, whether it’s a cold beer and a pub meal in front of an open fire at The Tussock, a simple lunch or breakfast at Fergusson’s Cafe, enjoy a beautiful sunset on the deck before dinner at the Skotel, an intimate dinner for two at the Pihanga Cafe or fine dining at the iconic and elegant Chateau Tongariro where you can step back in time to the 1930’s.
Whakapapa Village is the perfect place to stay, summer or winter: In summer, when hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (New Zealand’s best one day hike), the Tongariro Northern Circuit (one of the DoC ‘Great Walks’) or the more remote ‘Around the Mountain (Mt Ruapehu)’ track. In winter, when skiing the Whakapapa Ski Field.