Skotel Alpine Resort is conveniently located in Whakapapa Village at the foot of Mount Ruapehu, within 500 meters of Tongariro National Park Whakapapa Visitor Centre.

Hiking trails start directly at the hotel, and the Sky Waka as well as the Mount Ruapehu ski field (Jun-Oct) are a 6km drive up the mountain.

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Park – and the many hiking and biking trails in the area.
We even offer lunch packages so you won’t get hungry on your adventures.

Visit Taranaki Falls, Tama Lakes and Silica Rapids and for those up for a day trail walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Shuttles for the crossing can be booked upon arrival and leave from our doorstep.

After an exciting day hiking, biking, skiing (Jun-Oct) or sight-seeing guests can enjoy a relaxing spa*, or unwind over a drink or a meal at the Skotel Restaurant and Bar. Our guests can also stay connected with free WiFi.

To find out more about Tongariro Northern Circuit, Tongariro Alpine Crossing and more hiking options take a look at the featured hikes below.

You can also browse and book a wide range of Ruapehu and New Zealand tours and attractions via our tour booking partner.

Check out Hiking New Zealand for some fantastic hiking inspiration including the Ultimate North Island and the Ultimate New Zealand hikes that both pass through Whakapapa twice!

Before you head out in to the great outdoors, it’s always a good idea to make sure that you are prepared. Below are some resources to help your planning.