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National Park Villages, blog post, Age Is No Barrier, Age Is No Barrier - Age Is No Barrier
15 December 2017

Age Is No Barrier


With 70 years separating them, two recent Tongariro Alpine Crossing hikers have proved age is no barrier to enjoying this iconic trail.

National Park Villages, blog post, What's Life Like Living In National Park As A Mt Ruapehu Ski Instructor, What's Life Like Living In National Park As A Mt Ruapehu Ski Instructor - What's Life Like Living In National Park As A Mt Ruapehu Ski Instructor
15 August 2017

What's Life Like Living In National Park As A Mt Ruapehu Ski Instructor


Ebba Beattie from Sweden has returned to National Park Village to work as a ski instructor at Whakapapa. She shares her impressions of living in this unique town.

National Park Villages, blog post, How To Do The Tongariro Alpine Crossing In Winter, How To Do The Tongariro Alpine Crossing In Winter - How To Do The Tongariro Alpine Crossing In Winter
15 July 2017

How To Do The Tongariro Alpine Crossing In Winter


Don’t get stranded like a possum on the ice!

National Park Villages, blog post, So What Happened To ANZAC Day In National Park Village, So What Happened To ANZAC Day In National Park Village - So What Happened To ANZAC Day In National Park Village
01 June 2017

So What Happened To ANZAC Day In National Park Village


Here’s how an impromptu ANZAC Day commemoration turned into plans for an annual parade in National Park Village.

National Park Villages, blog post, The Snow Will Be There Come Queens Birthday Weekend - Will You?, The Snow Will Be There Come Queens Birthday Weekend - Will You? - The Snow Will Be There Come Queens Birthday Weekend - Will You?
15 March 2017

The Snow Will Be There Come Queens Birthday Weekend - Will You?


Book your stay in National Park Villages now for the start of the Mt Ruapehu season on the 3rd of June!

National Park Villages, blog post, Have Your Say On Proposed Parking Restrictions In Whakapapa Village, Have Your Say On Proposed Parking Restrictions In Whakapapa Village - Have Your Say On Proposed Parking Restrictions In Whakapapa Village
15 March 2017

Have Your Say On Proposed Parking Restrictions In Whakapapa Village


The Department of Conservation is seeking input from the community on proposed parking restrictions in Whakapapa Village.

National Park Villages, blog post, All Hands On Deck For Relaunch Of Happy Valley, All Hands On Deck For Relaunch Of Happy Valley - All Hands On Deck For Relaunch Of Happy Valley
31 January 2017

All Hands On Deck For Relaunch Of Happy Valley


With a fresh dusting of snow on Mt Ruapehu over Easter weekend, the countdown is officially on for this year’s winter season.

National Park Villages, blog post, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Set To Relaunch Happy Valley, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Set To Relaunch Happy Valley - Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Set To Relaunch Happy Valley
15 December 2016

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Set To Relaunch Happy Valley


The past 12 months have been a busy time at Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL). The Whakapapa Licence to operate was renewed in December 2015, and that kicked off a $100 million investment plan at Mt Ruapehu’s three ski areas.