SNOW TIME AT MT RUAPEHU. The snow has arrived and Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields are open. Relax and enjoy the "Northern Explorer" scenery and service to National Park or Ohakune including the Waikato, King Country, and famed Raurimu spiral.  Enjoy our 2, 4, or 6 night mid week ski packages departing Auckland every monday  morning with comfortable accommodation and a hearty breakfast to start the day at the Powderhorn Lodge, at Ohakune, Park Hotel at National Park, or the Skotel at Whakapapa. Transfers are provided from and to National Park (for Park or Skotel Hotels)  or Ohakune Railway stations. The Powderhorn chalet is a few minutes walk from the Railway Station. Choose your own ski or snowboard packages and book on line on the ski field website. 

 

SKI A VOLCANO - MOUNTAIN MAGIC - Volcanoes and Rail Carts

Take the "Northern Explorer" train to Ohakune to hike the mountains in the summer and ski, snowboard, toboggan, and just have fun in the snow in winter. Independent departures most mondays year round. (Minimum 2 passengers)

HOSTED GROUPS* staying at Powderhorn Lodge, Ohakune

Hosted departures (hosted for minimum of 4)

Winter.

2024:  August 19, September 02, 16,

Summer

October 14, November 11, December 10.

2025: February 10, March 10, April 07

3 days/2 nights Mini Tour.

5 days/4 nights 'Big Relax'. Ski or snowboard in winter!!  Host may return to Auckland wednesday

5 days/4 nights 'Big Adventure including Taumarunui rail carts and Whanganui River jet boat ride  (October - May only)

You are welcome to stayover longer at Ohakune, National Park or Whakapapa

Day 1. Monday.        AUCKLAND - OHAKUNE. (D)

Depart Auckland Strand Railway Station 7.45am and Papakura 8.35am aboard the "Northern Explorer". Travel through the Waikato and Tongariro National Park including the famed Raurimu spiral arriving  Ohakune at 1.45pm. We will be met Our accommodation at Powderhorn Lodge is nearby. The afternoon is free to relax and support the shops of Ohakune! Two course dinner included at the hotel tonight.

Day 2Tuesday.      'ROUND THE MOUNTAINS'.   (B)

We drive to National Park then to Whakapapa Village to visit the Tongariro National Park headquarters and catch up on the geology of the area and volcanic history then climb to Whakapapa ski base. Enjoy a ride on the 'Skywaka' to the Knoll Ridge cafe 2022 metres above sea level and see 'Mordor' from 'Lord of the Rings. Continue to Turangi with great views of Lake Taupo in fine weather and visit the trout hatchery from which the rivers are restocked with trout each year. Cross the Desert Road with photo stops to the Army Museum at Waiouru with time to explore. Late afternoon we return to Ohakune

Day 3. Wednesday.    TUROA - TAUMARUNUI  (B)

Visit Turoa ski field base and Gollums Pool this morning and enjoy a walk in the forest to the 23 metre drop Mangawhero Falls (Ithilien in Lord of the Rings and the falls where Gollum caught his fish!).

Those on the 3 day Mini Tour depart Ohakune 12.45 for Auckland arriving 7pm

Those on the Big Relax package have a free afternoon (extend your time on the mountain if you wish, and free day on thursday before departing at 12.45pm friday for Auckland 

Those on the "Big Adventure' package depart at 12.45pm aboard the "Northern Explorer" arriving Taumarunui at 2.10pm. Motel accommodation for 2 nights with continental breakfast provided. 

Day 4. Thursday.   TAUMARUNUI BIG ADVENTURE - you have 2 to choose from - same price

1. RAIL RIVER RUN - 7 hour tour including 40 km by rail cart through 10 tunnels then 23km by jet boat along the Whanganui River with morning tea and light lunch included.

2. MAXI RAIL -  full day tour including over 80 km by rail cart through magnificent back country farm and forest scenery and  20 tunnels to Whangamomona to explore the town and visit the iconic hotel. Return to Taumarunui by road shuttle. Morning tea and light lunch included. 

Day 5. Friday.            TAUMARUNUI - AUCKLAND. (B)

Free  time to explore the  delights of Taumarunui before departing at 2.10pm aboard the "Northern Explorer" for the return to Auckland arriving at the Strand Railway Station at 7pm.

 

Tour cost per person:

3 days/2 nights mini tour.   2 per room  $1,290.   Single room  $1,560

5 days/4 nights 'Big Relax'.  2 per room  $1,690. Single room $2,250

5 days/4 nights' 'Big Adventure'. 2 per room $2,490. Single Room $2,970

 

Tour cost includes:

**  Return travel aboard the "Northern Explorer" from Auckland, Papakura, or Hamilton to Ohakune

**  2 or 4 nights accommodation and breakfast (Ohakune - Powderhorn Chateau - cooked breakfast, Tamarunui - Forgotten World Motel - continental breakfast).

** Full day 'Round the Mountains' tour including admissions to Skywaka gondola, Trout Hatchery, Army Museum,

** Half day tour to Turoa skifield base and Gollums pool.

** 2 course dinner on arrival night

 

** 'Big Adventure' also includes 40 km Forgotten World Rail Cart ride, and Whanganui River jet boat.
 

 

SNOW TIME AT MT RUAPEHU. The snow has arrived and Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields are open. Relax and enjoy the "Northern Explorer" scenery and service to National Park or Ohakune including the Waikato, King Country, and famed Raurimu spiral.  Enjoy our 2, 4, or 6 night mid week ski packages departing Auckland every monday  morning with comfortable accommodation and a hearty breakfast to start the day at the Powderhorn Lodge, at Ohakune, Park Hotel at National Park, or the Skotel at Whakapapa. Transfers are provided from and to National Park (for Park or Skotel Hotels). The Powderhorn chalet is a few minutes walk from the Railway Station. Choose your own ski or snowboard packages and book on line on the ski field website. 

Turoa: www.pureturoa.nz

Whakapapa: www.whakapapa.com

On the 19th August and 16th September our host will accompany you to National Park and Ohakune and be available to assist. He will return to Auckland wednesday.

WINTER - SPRING.  Ski, snowboard, or just have fun!    2, 3, 4, 6, nights

Tour cost includes:

** Return travel aboard the "Northern Explorer" from Auckland to National Park or Ohakune

** Accommodation and full breakfast at hotel chosen

** Return transfers from rail station to hotel where needed. (Park hotel is 5 minuts walk from National Park railway station and Powderhorn 3 minutes walk from Ohakune station.

** Return shuttles 1 day from your hotel to Whakapapa (Park and Skotel) or Turoa (Powderhorn). Additional transfers can be booked on the spot. 

 

1 night tour departs Auckland every thursday in winter and thursday and saturday October - May. Hotels require minimum 2 night stay weekends during ski season.

Tour cost per person 1 night tour

Powderhorn/Skotel...........................2 per room.... $690... Single room $690

Park Hotel, National Park ............... 2 per room.... $490... Single room $560

2 night tour departs Auckland every Monday. Returns wednesday.

Tour cost per person 2 night tour

Powderhorn/Skotel ........................ 2 per room ... $880... Single room... $1,130

Park Hotel, National Park ............. 2 per room ... $590 ... Single room ... $760

3 night tour departs Auckland every thursday

Tour cost per person 3 night tour (Includes weekend surcharge)

Powderhorn/Skotel ...................... 2 per room ...$1,190...Single room... $1,562

Park Hotel, National Park ............ 2 per room ... $870 ... Single room ... $1,090

4 night tour departs Auckland every monday

Tour cost per person 4 night tour.

Powderhorn/Skotel..................... 2 per room ... $1,190... Single room ... $1,686

Park Hotel, National Park ......... 2 per room ... $1,060 ... Single room ... $1,352

6 night tour  departs Auckland every monday

Powderhorn/Skotel ........................ 2 per room... $890... single room... $1,150

Park Hotel, National Park .............. 2 per room... $1,250... single room... $1,790

 

 

SUMMER

MOUNTAIN MAGIC - VOLCANOES AND RAIL CARTS

2 days/1 night. Short Break. Depart Auckland every thursday (and saturday October - June - minimum 2 night stay needed during ski season.) 

3 days/2 nights.  Mini Tour. Depart Auckland most Mondays year round

4 days/3 nights.  Big weekend. Depart Auckland most Thursdays year round

5 days/4 nights. 'Big Relax'. Depart Auckland most Mondays year round

7 days/6 nights.  Mountain Explorer. Depart Auckland most Mondays and Thursdays year round. 

Optional tour around the mountains to National Park, Whakapapa to ride the Skywaka to the cafe 2,020 ft above sea level Turangi, Trout Hatchery, and the Waiouru Army Museum. Extra cost $250. Minimum 4 passengers required.

 

We can provide private transfers from Auckland City or Auckland airport to and from Whakapapa or Ohakune. Cost per vehicle returning same day - People mover (maximum 5 passengers - no skis) $990 or Mercedes Sprinter (Maximum 8 passengers) $1,300

 

Northern Explorer does not operate 25-28 October, 25 December 2024 - 14 January 2025, 18-21 April 2025 when the track is closed for maintenance.

"Northern Explorer" departs Auckland Strand Railway station 7.45am, Papakura 8.35am, and Hamilton 10.15am arriving National Park 1.15pm and Ohakune 1.45pm every monday, thursday, and saturday apart from maintenance periods listed above.

"Northern Explorer" departs Ohakune 12.45pm, National Park 1.15pm, and arrives Hamilton 4.25pm, Papakura 6.05pm, and Auckland Strand 7pm every wednesday, friday, sunday apart from maintenance periods listed above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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