That’s right, the wait is over! The $25million dollar Sky Waka Gondola at Whakapapa is OPEN! And what an incredible opening day it was too. The sun was out and the stoke was high. Congrats to the 10 first cabin riders, EVER for scoring the goods. The Sky Waka is now open for sightseeing until the snow arrives for upper mountain skiing and riding.

Enjoy a meal at the newly refurbished Knoll Ridge Chalet, with The Pinnacles buffet restaurant opening this weekend. Remember, sightseeing for the winter season is included in your Season and Life Passes.

Check out the video below for a recap of the opening day

Say hello to the new Snow Shuttles too!

Get set to ride a new fleet of 4WD buses to the ski areas on Mt Ruapehu this season.

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) has undertaken a transport pre-qualification exercise and awarded a 5 year exclusive supply agreement for the public transport shuttle services Taumata Ikaroa.

The new brand Taumata Ikaroa is a partnership between Te Urungi o Ngāti Kuri Ltd, the commercial arm of Ngāti Kuri Trust Board, and Sand Safaris with a placeholder being held for Iwi/Hapu on the mountain. Taumata Ikaroa will bring its unique Far North transport offering to the ski fields of Turoa and Whakapapa. The new, purpose built and designed four wheel (4WD) drive buses are already a feature of the visitor experience in the Far North, the service provides exceptional levels of comfort and safety.

The new 2019 service starts, Thursday 4th July with a fleet of brand new 4WD buses.

Tickets will cost $20 per person return and are available from the ticket machines at the Park and Ride locations in National Park and Ohakune and some bus pick up locations. Tickets can also be purchased on mountain or at the Mt Ruapehu Snow Depots in Taupō and Ohakune.

For more info, check it out here

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