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Skier with the Pinnacles of Mt Ruapehu in the background at Whakapapa

Whakapapa Mt Ruapehu Accommodation & Camping

Enjoy the North Island's premier alpine playground

Relax and recharge amongst the mountains. Discovery Lodge offers a range of stay options, and shuttle pick ups.

Something for every mountain lover.  

Satisfy your hunger for mountains at Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu. Ski, board, or snow play in winter. Hiking & sightseeing year round.

Skier with sunshine and blue ski
Ski & Board
Two people standing outside the Knoll Ridge Cafe with the Pinnacles of Mt Ruapehu in the background at Whakapapa
Knoll Ridge Cafes
A young girl playing in the snow
Snow play
View of Mt Ngauruhoe from Whakapapa Mt Ruapehu
A Sky Waka gondola cabin with Knoll Ridge Cafe in the background at Whakapapa Mt Ruapehu
Sky Waka gondola
A hiker at the Skyline Ridge at Whakapapa Mt Ruapehu

Frequently Asked Questions

Stay at Discovery Lodge to enjoy Whakapapa

“ I stayed at Discovery Lodge for a family ski trip. The accommodation is so clean, cosy and warm. The location is also perfect as it’s only a few minutes drive to Whakapapa.
The service was amazing and I am looking forward to to staying here again to ski and also to do the Tongariro crossing. I love this place and can’t recommend it highly enough! ”

Julie S
Palmerston North, NZ

Accommodation for all

Accommodation options for everyone from comfortable stylish chalets, practical cosy motels and budget rooms.

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A Discovery Lodge chalet surrounded by snow with Whakapapa Mt Ruapehu in the background

Camp under Mt Ruapehu

Be surrounded by nature and Tongariro's volcanoes. Your choice from tent, camper & car sites or huts.

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Camping huts at Discovery Lodge surround by trees and the Milky Way above

Ski, board & gear rental

Easy access to your ski, board or snow play rentals close to Discovery, or pick up on the mountain.

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Close to Apres Ski

A short 5 min drive to a selection of restaurants, bars and cafes. 5 min's to either Whakapapa or National Park.

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Door to ski field shuttle

The easiest no hassle way to the ski field. Take a shuttle from Discovery Lodge's front gate.  

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Close to Whakapapa

A short scenic drive to the Whakapapa Ski Field from Discovery Lodge. Save the traffic hassle and travel time.

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A google map showing proximity of Discovery lodge to Whakapapa Mt Ruapehu

World-class sightseeing

A short drive to the Sky Waka. Travel in luxury by gondola to the Knoll Ridge Cafe and enjoy the views on the way.

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A view of Mt Ngauruhoe with the Pinnacles in the foreground at Whakapapa Mt Ruapehu

“ Stayed a couple of nights in one of the Chalets. Exceptionally clean and very warm 'n' cosy inside!! The owner/manager, Callum, was very helpful and most accommodating for our needs. He has vast knowledge of the area and gave us good advice on the activities to do. Location-wise, it was perfect - five minutes away from all the fun. Nights are stunning - with the peace and quiet of Tongariro. We were fortunate to hear a Kiwi calling on our second night there. Amazing!! Would recommend this place... let Callum know if you need anything and he will do his best to help out. Great New Zealand hospitality. Enjoy :) ”

Graham R
Auckland, NZ

Your mountain home base for Whakapapa

For those who love mountains

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