Thursday, November 8, 2018

Whakapapa ski field, Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand

Whakapapa ski field is on the northern side of Mount Ruapehu, one of two on the mountain, which is also an active volcano.

It is accessed by a 6 km road from Whakapapa village, where Chateau Tongariro is located and is a hotel that can accommodate skiers in winter, and trampers in summer.

On the day we decided to visit, the carpark at the top of the mountain was full, and the only way to get from Whakapapa village to the ski field was by bus, and was, on that day, very expensive.

From the bus, which we decided to catch at a place called National Park, this being the least expensive method of getting to the ski fields, you could see the slopes come into view, and just pick out the ski lift pylons.

My level of skiing being a novice at best, I would have to join the many others in Happy Valley, a large area set aside for beginners.

The objective of the visit was so that two of our granddaughters could see snow for the first time, build a snowman, which considering the numbers that were there that day, a remarkable feat in itself, and have lunch in the cafe.

To be honest, the food wasn't all that bad.

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