Whakapapa Lodging Options

Whakapapa Lodging Options

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On-mountain accommodation at Whakapapa Ski Field consists of members-only club lodges. However there’s plenty of accommodation at Whakapapa Village, National Park Village, and Ohakune. The accommodation areas are serviced by a shuttle service to transport skiers and boarders to and from the ski area.

Whakapapa Village Accommodation

Whakapapa Village is approximately 6 km (10 minutes) from the ski area, offering a small range of accommodation across the budget spectrum.

Whakapapa Holiday Village is the highest fully serviced campground in New Zealand. It has cabins and sites surrounded by nature, and a self-contained unit with a shower and kitchen and all the usual mod-cons. It also offers dorms.

Skotel Alpine Resort offers superior, standard or backpackers accommodation. Some of the rooms have amazing views of Mt Ngauruhoe, without the price tag usually associated with such splendour.

Finally there’s the Chateau Tongariro. It’s a fabulous four-star hotel, steeped in history, with awe-inspiring fittings and oozing class, style and sophistication. See our review of the Chateau Tongariro for more information.

National Park Accommodation

A little further down the road, but still only 16km away from the ski area’s car park, is National Park Village.

There are various accommodation options in National Park Village. Adventure Lodge and Motel is a motel and bed and breakfast. Plateau Lodge offers simple, cosy and clean accommodation. Howard’s Mountain Lodge is another typical B&B of the area. It offers ski rental and transport. The Park Hotel Ruapehu is a nice, modern place, offering options from premium double to dorm style bunk rooms.

National Park Hotel is the original inn of the area. It was built by the pioneers, and offers accommodation, both hotel rooms and backpackers.

Other Whakapapa Accommodation

Discovery Lodge has chalets, backpacker accommodation, motel apartments and camping. It’s situated half way between Whakapapa and National Park Village.

There are more lodges further up the road towards Ohakune, and in Ohakune itself of course. See the Ohakune accommodation page for Turoa for more information, as Ohakune is best suited to skiers and boarders who want to base themselves near the Turoa ski field. 

Whakapapa Accommodation

Chateau Tongariro Hotel Chateau Tongariro Hotel, Mt Ruapehu
This is a uniquely boutique venue. Built in 1929, the historic hotel sits majestically within the Tongariro National Park, central North Island. Located minutes away from Whakapapa Ski Area.
Parkview Apartments, Tongariro Nat Park
Located in the village, these 2 bedroom apartments cater for up to 4 people. Ceiling to floor picture windows with spectacular views plus a cosy gas log fireplace.