Discussing :: Mount Ruapehu – from the luxury side

Winter is fast approaching and as we sadly store away our bikini’s Chelsey thought that it was time to remind you why winter can be so fab – snow! Even if you’re a virgin snow bunny you can still get a lot out of a trip to the mountain and for those of us who are a bit more experienced we have all done our time in either the campervan or with ten friends piled into one bunkroom of a hostel. It was all about getting up the mountain and having a good time.As time has moved on many of us have grown more particular with our tastes, so we thought it was time that Chelsey went grown up on the mountain and explored some of the accommodation greats... read full article


Mount Ruapehu – from the luxury side

Wow that looks very nice!


Ooooh this does look nice!


Very nice. Maybe Chelsey should do a promo? I could never afford anything luxurious :(

I agree Cinty. Around 4 hears ago they did a deal that my partner and i snapped up for our anniversary. Great plus to stay been even on special it wasnt cheap.


Powderhorn Chateau I think it would be so nice to stay there, possibly just out of my budget range lol :)


we have a house near ruapehu... its such a nice area!!


Awww nice!!


I love National Park in the summer too. There are the most amazing walks to do. You can easily spend a week there and do something different every day – waterfalls, springs, climbing, caves, wildlife – all free! You can also canoe, kayak, mountain bike, climb the mountain, take a chairlift ride, play golf, fly kites, go fishing… If the price of accommodation is problem, then stay a bit further afield – lots of cheap places to rent or stay for bit (don’t know if you can camp as well). DOC runs fantastic summer programmes and there are activities suitable no matter what your age or fitness. For those with a jingle in their pockets there are loads of adventures activities to spend it on – 4x4 vehicles, horse riding, jet boating... Go National Park. I t really is a wonderful change from summer at the beach!


I ended up with knee surgery and crutches for ages after ski-ing lessons, so wont be doing that again - but still love the snow. I hear they have tobogganing up there, does anyone know if thats true?! That would be ace - snow fun, but sat down!

There is definitely tobogganing there :) Its great fun and last time i went they had special sloap for it on Whakapapa
side :)


BTW Is the powderhorn up in the mountains and snow, or do you have to drive to get up to the snow? Im sure some of you folks that have been kiwis longer than me will know!


I just had a look at accomodation prices at the Chateau Tongariro and honestly, it's not expensive with rooms advertised on a number of websites from $143 + GST ($165) and most sites advertising double rooms at under $200. There are also lots of inexpensive places to eat nearby if you want to save money.


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