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Whakapapa Ski Lodges

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by KL., Feb 25, 2016.

  1. KL.

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    Would like some advice of recommended Whakapapa Ski Lodges that are close to the carpark or easy to access or are great to stay at or are have good access to the lifts or all of these aspects...

    Also, does a bus travel from Auckland airport to Whakapapa?
     
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    Bus. Not to my knowledge.
    The train stops at National park.
     
  3. KL.

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    No bus, that's a shame. Have you stayed at any of the ski lodges? Which ones would you recommend and are they open to non-members?
     
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    Thanks but does that mean that none of them are like BR or CB where they welcome non-members to stay and ski...
     
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    Hi look up Naked bus/ train / Intercity bus, for daily connects AKL Airport to National Park village, then shuttle to Whakapapa.

    pretty much all the ski lodges will accommo non members, theres about 50 odd, all fairly similar.

    If you do a month worth, may as well join one $100+ fee , then $30+ for DB+B, cheap

    lotsa Custodian jobs going.
     
  7. KL.

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    Hey that sounds great!

    Do you have any lodge recommendations that are close to the carpark or easy to access or are great to stay at or are have good access to the lifts or all of these aspects, or simply your favourites :)
     
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    Hi Kl, i can better advise you if you let me know what you are after

    ... Rua is not a hill for beginners or even int's, and not for casual visitors : worst weather but best terrain & day touring in nz

    all the lodges are ski down/ or 5 min walk to the lifts

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  9. KL.

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    Wow, super map, thanks :) I usually ski TC and feel very comfortable skiing the Motatapu chutes (just not the walk out), so all good :)

    Do you have any lodge recommendations? Is there quite a variation? Really, just after a bed each for my brother and I, warm lodge, and a nice hot shower at the end of the day and maybe morning to wakeup :)
     
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    Iwikau is good they have 3 lodges in different locations around the mountain
     
  11. KL.

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    essjaywhy, thank you, I shall inquire :)
     
  12. KL.

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    essjaywhy, do you have a link to the ski lodge map in your post...
     
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    yes
    iwikau.com

    a good bus option is the AKL Airport to Hamilton city ; then onto train to Nat park
     
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    Bus to Papakura?
     
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    I used to belong to Pinnacle. Which as the map shows is up off the Centennial chairlift. There is also a clubhouse at Alpine Village at Ohakune which, to be honest, was always a much better option. I'm not sure of the situation now but when I was member all the club fields at Ruapehu were quite keen for new members. DOC has a sinking lid policy on the clubhouses.
     
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  17. KL.

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    Thanks guys, also what is the website for purchasing ski passes for Whakapapa/Turoa :)
     
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    Just forget the whole idea.
    Those lodges are great for NZ residents with families, well maybe. Some of them would be an ordeal to trek up to.
    In 2014 I met a guy on a lift who'd been stuck in a lodge all week.
    Ruapehu is a contrary old gent, either side may or may not be open.
    If you can afford it hire a car in AKL and stay at Ohakune (or perhaps Turangi if you don't mind zero apres ski), when the mountain is all shut you can then access fun other stuff to do.
    You really should have looked at the RAL website by now.
    National Park is an extremely dreary little village I'm afraid.
    It's so depressing I'm going to stop now.
     
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  20. KL.

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    :) ... do you have a link to the RAL website?
     
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    You've just been there.
    Ruapehu Alpine Lefts.
    I have serious qualms about your adventure,but will add no further comment as it's yours.
    Cheers, as we say very often here in NZ.
     
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    ... you seem and sound troubled but all information is good :)
    ... so remember to ski lightly amid the noise and chaos and enjoy all that is around you :)
     
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    Mt Ruapehu is a fabulous mountain but very unpredictable with weather.

    Several closed days in a row can certainly test ones patience.

    We have visited 4 times from Oz, staying a week in Ohakune (Powderhorn) each time.

    My conclusion is that it is a great mountain if you live in Auckland or Wellington, can check the forecast Friday morning and pack the car Friday afternoon, hoping that the rest of those two cities combined do not then do the same (as we have seen).

    Here's our 2014 report with links to previous years, if it helps:

    https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/our-2014-trip-to-mt-ruapehu.67992/#post-2405630
     
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  24. KL.

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    ... that is a pretty sad 2014 trip! How was the 2015 trip?
     
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    ... that is a bit of a sad 2015 trip, also! Hopefully, 2016 trip will be great?
     
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    Thanks, that is certainly my plan. :)
     
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    ... what do you have in mind for 2016?
     
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    Probably repeating as per post 25 above, plus maybe stay a couple of nights at Lake Ohau Lodge.
     
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    Tekapo/ Roundhill is prob the nicest place for beg/ int / family ski holiday in nz
    + if the tow is on for your cowboy cousin to get on up

    but as in all nz outdoors, play by the weather
     
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    Well, Whaka/Turoa trip is now organised for late July to early August, staying at the National Park village... but where is the snow?
     
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    Yep. That is my opinion also.
    I've lived in the north island my whole life and would never plan a ski trip to Ruapehu except for a last minute weekend trip when things look good. Even then, we have found disappointment.

    As do I
     
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    I hope you have not booked too early. In 2011 - 2014 we always went the second week in August and others here would tell me we should go later.

    I do hope things pick up for you. When it is "on" it is a magnificent mountain so I hope you get to experience that.

    If you strike some bad weather you can always read my old reports for things to do on closed days. :)
     
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    Thanks, end of July to early August then again end of August. Pretty sure there will be snow falling in the next week or so but lets hope that it is at least 50cms and down to at least 1400m ... all fun, hopefully :)
     
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    best skiing we've had at Turoa/Whakapapa has been in early September. Was mighty fine!
     
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    the Rua wet-cement mixer is beginning to crank up on time ;
    blast right now; then weds; then next w/e;
    ~ plaster it on
     
  37. KL.

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    Is Whaka like Mt Hut (Mt Shut)?
     
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    Have only ski'd Mt Hutt a couple of days (years ago) but if you're asking is Whakapapa closed often... in my experience... yes.
    Or if its not closed its certainly not pleasant/limited lifts. Spring is the best time to ski there
     
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    Valley t, High noon 6 are sched to open, both fields upper mtn