Ski Mount Ruapehu - Getting to Turoa

Centrally located in the heart of New Zealand's North Island, Turoa ski field is an easy drive from the major cities and centres.

Getting to Turoa ski field by air

From Auckland or Wellington: Direct flights are available to Taupo from Auckland with Air New Zealand and from Wellington with Sounds Air. From Taupo town centre it’s approximately one hour and 15 minutes by car (see directions below). Rental cars are available at Taupo Airport with a number of different rental agencies.

FlyMySky also operates flights directly from Auckland to the Chateau Airport on demand. The Chateau Airport is approximately 40 minutes drive from Ohakune, the closest town to Turoa ski field.

Getting to Turoa ski field by road

Getting to Turoa Ski Field

From Taupo & Turangi to Turoa ski field: Turoa is approximately two hours drive from Taupo. The route includes a stunning drive through the landscape of Tongariro National Park, passing through native forest, tussock lands and stunning views of the three volcanoes of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. It’s well worth the trip, even if you’re not planning on  skiing or snowboarding.

Google maps –  Driving directions from Taupo to Turoa Ski Area

Winter road conditions 

There may be times when chains and/or 4WD are required on the Mountain Road due to winter snowfall and/or icy conditions. Chains are available for hire at chainfitting areas on the Mountain Road and from some rental outlets in Ohakune.

Road conditions can be checked on the Turoa Snow Report. If you don’t want to drive your own vehicle up the mountain in these conditions, mountain transport/shuttle buses are available from Ohakune (see below).

Turoa Shuttle Buses

There are a number of different shuttle bus companies operating from Ohakune. Here are some of the shuttle bus companies and their contact details.

Mt Ruapehu - Mt Ruapehu offer shuttlle bus services to Turoa from Ohakune. Find out more about the shuttle bus service here. 

Dempsey’s Snow Express is a mountain transport service running a regular shuttle service between Ohakune and Turoa ski field. When the conditions on Mountain Road are extreme they use 4WD vehicles or vehicles with automatic chaining systems. For information and bookings call +64 6 385 4022.

Matai Shuttles offers daily service from Ohakune to Turoa ski field. When Turoa is closed the service goes to Whakapapa ski field. The service departs every half hour from 8.00am to 11am. For a schedule and route information call  +64 6 385 8724.

Car hire

If you want to hire a car for your trip to the mountain, check this list of rental companies.

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