Whakapapa Village

Whakapapa VillageThis 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.

The village has DOC Visitor Centre with exhibits, a store and helpful staff to give good information about the area, weather conditions, etc. They can be contacted by email at tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz or telephone +64 7 892 3729.

Eating establishments include The Tussock  (for a cold beer and pub meal), The Skotel, where a beautiful sunset and views can be seen from the deck or bar before being seated for dinner, The Pihanga Cafe for an intimate lunch or dinner, or The Ruapehu Room in the elegant Chateau Tongariro where you can step back in time to the 1930’s.

Whakapapa Village is the perfect place to stay in both 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.