A temporary park and ride site for shuttle services to and from the Whakapapa ski and snowboard area is now open in National Park Village.
The site at Findlay Street, next to the National Park train station, has been gravelled and compacted for this season. Construction of a fully paved facility is set to start at the end of the season.
Snow shuttles operated by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts run from the site every half hour from 8.15am to 10.15am on weekdays or until 12.15pm on weekends. Shuttles back to National Park leave from the top of Bruce Road every half hour from 1.15pm. Tickets for the shuttles are $6 return per person with kids up to 4 free when travelling with a paying adult and not occupying a seat. Ticket can be bought from a cashless self-service kiosk at the park and ride centre or from Customer Relations on the mountain. The service will run until.
Here's the full shuttle timetable until Sunday, 23 September:
National Park to Whakapapa ski field
Departs 8.15am | 8.45am | 9.15am | 10.15am | 11.15am** | 12.15pm** | 3.45pm* | 4.45pm* *Night skiing only; Fridays/Saturdays/School Holidays **Weekends only
Whakapapa ski field to National Park
Departs 1.15pm | 2.15pm | 3.15pm | 4.15pm | 7.45pm* | 8.45pm* | 9.45pm*
*Night skiing only
A spring timetable will operate from 24 September to 14 October.
On-demand 4WD shuttle services are also available to get you to the ski area no matter the road conditions.
My Kiwi Adventure offers door to mountain pick up and drop offs from anywhere in National Park Village or Whakapapa Village. For pricing and booking information, call 0800 784 202, text +64 21 784 202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROAM is running regular shuttles from Whakapapa Village hotels and the Whakapapa Holiday Park. Call 0800 762 612 for details.