Whakapapa Activities & Tours

Whakapapa Activities & Tours

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Most visitors who come to Whakapapa in the winter do so for the skiing and riding. It’s a World Heritage Area, and the scenery is just too gorgeous to waste time having a massage or having someone stick needles into your back!

This said, if the mountain is shut or you’ve had enough frolicking around the slopes, you can do any of the following activities:

Horse riding: There are several farms offering this rewarding activity.

Fishing: The region's lakes and rivers are well stocked with rainbow trout.

Walking: Whakapapa village is an excellent base for some of New Zealand’s most spectacular walks, such as the classic Tongariro Alpine Crossing. However, most walks are too difficult or dangerous in winter.

River Rafting: A reputable company is Tongariro River Rafting. Owner Garth Oakden has been rafting the Tongariro since 1988. Winter trips are a gentle affair and include no swim but a hot soup!

Scenic Flights: Mountain Air offers a three mountain volcanic flight - a stunning experience of thermal and volcanic activity including many colourful (and sometimes snow-covered) mountain lakes.

And if you’re a military buff, at Waiouru, 80 kilometres from Whakapapa village, there’s an award-winning Army Museum. It serves as a memorial to those who have fallen and those who have served, and visitors can take a guided tour to see the lifelike displays.