Whakapapa Holiday Park offers camping and lodging below the show fields of Mount Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park. The holiday park is conveniently located in Whakapapa Village right across from the national park visitor center and surrounded by several hiking tracks. Whakapapa Holiday Park is a serviced campground with a wide variety of accommodations, including car camping.
Whakapapa Holiday Park has 44 powered sites for campervans and RVs as well as 8 tent sites. Each powered site has its own power outlet and water spigot. The sites are separated by walls of vegetation that create privacy between each sites. While all the campsites are along a gravel road, it feels like they are individually cradled by the ferny beech tree forest. The sites are level, above the banks of Whakapapanui Stream and the sound of this large stream also helps to cancel out the noise from other campsites. Some sites (like #21) have views looking up the stream toward Mount Ruapehu that are quite nice. The fee for powered and non-powered sites is $19 per night per adult, $11 per night per child (ages 5-15) and free for younger children.
Campers have access to communal bathrooms, laundry, and kitchen and dining facilities. There is also a dump station and cleaning bay. The laundry is coin operated, but the hot showers are free for campers (and $7 for outsiders). The kitchen has sinks, stoves, toasters, microwaves, and a boiling water source.
As with all campground and holiday parks, you are responsible for bringing your own food and cooking and eating utensils (the holiday park has a camp store, in case you need to pick up a bit more food). Dining tables are inside next to the kitchen and picnic tables are outside. A path next to the picnic area descends to Whakapapanui Stream, where there is a table (no chairs) next to the nice stream.
In addition to the campsites, this privately run holiday park also has a dormitory-style lodge and two types of cabins. The backpackers lodge has five rooms with 4 to 8 single bunk beds in each. There are communal toilets, showers, kitchen, and dining room. The lodge also has a lounge with a log fireplace and a television. A cot at the lodge is $25 per adult and $15 per child. Bedding is not included, so bring your own.
The cabins offer a mix of double and single beds that come with bottom sheets and pillows (guests are expected to bring the rest of the bedding). Staying at these cabins, you will use the communal facilities. On weekdays, the base price for the cabins is $69 for two people and on Friday and Saturday nights the rate goes up to $79 for the first two people. Additional guests are $20 per adult and $15 per child. The higher-end cabin accommodations are the self-contained units, which come with private kitchen (with stove and microwave), bathroom, and shower facilities. There is a dining area with a table and chairs and a living room with a couch and a television. The bedroom has a double bed and there are bunks to sleep two more in the living room. Bedding is included. On weekdays, the base price for the self-contained units is $99 for two people and on Friday and Saturday nights the rate goes up to $109 for the first two people. Additional guests are $20 per adult and $15 per child.
While staying at Whakapapa Holiday Park, if you hear an alarm signifying that there has been an eruption at Mount Ruapehu, it will be important to leave the campground quickly and head to an evacuation area farther above Whakapapanui Stream. Otherwise, relax and enjoy your stay.
Campsites and lodging can be reserved in advance. For more information or to make a reservation, visit whakapapa.net.nz, email email@example.com, or call (64) 7 892-3897. All prices are in New Zealand Dollars as of November, 2014.
Around Whakapapa Village, visitors can enjoy several walking tracks (hiking trails), including Silica Rapids Track, which begins alongside Whakapapa Holiday Park, as well as Taranaki Falls Track, Tawhai Falls Track, and Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Directions: From Taupo, head south on State Highway 1 for about 50 kilometers to Turangi. Turn right on State Highway 41, drive 2.7 kilometers and turn left on State Highway 47. Take this road for 37 kilometers and turn left up State Highway 48 toward Whakapapa Village. Drive 6.4 km to Whakapapa Village. After you pass the chateau, the entrance to the holiday park is on the right across from the Tongariro National Park Visitor Center.
Address: State Highway 48, Tongariro National Park, Manawatu-Wanganui, 4691, New Zealand
Coordinates: -39.202217, 175.540283 (39° 12′ 07.98″S 175° 32′ 25.01″E)
Use the map below to get directions to the holiday park:
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