Satisfy your hunger for mountains at Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu. Ski, board, or snow play in winter. Hiking & sightseeing year round.
To purchase a Sky Waka gondola pass or any lift pass for the ski field go to www.mtruapehu.com and click on the "Buy" tab top right hand corner of the home page. You will need to make your purchase online as you cannot purchase tickets on the mountain.
If the road is unrestricted you can drive a 2WD vehicle to the base area of the chairlifts and gondola during winter and summer. If the road is effected by snow and ice the road will be restricted to 4WD vehicles and vehicles carrying chains, or both.
During winter months you need to book a car park. You can do this here at www.mtruapehu.com
If you miss out on a car park or the road is restricted during winter, you can take a shuttle from National Park Village or Discovery Lodge. Shuttles do need to be booked in advance.
Although the Sky Waka gondola is the latest European design and technology, it's the experience that's special.
Traveling in quiet, comfort and warmth is pretty nice but it's the outstanding scenery which is truely special.
The Sky Waka takes you to the highest cafe in New Zealand at an altitude of 2020m above sea level.
During the winter months you can ski, snow board, toboggan, sightseeing or play in the snow. For experienced alpine enthusiasts ski touring, ice climbing and hiking are also options.
During the summer months you can hike to the Sky Line Ridge or the Crater if you're experienced. Sightseeing is very popular during the summer months. A Sky Waka gondola ride for lunch at the highest cafe in New Zealand is a must do for everyone.
Palmerston North, NZ
“ 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 :) ”