Tongariro - A Uniquely New Zealand Experience.


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It’s been described as “the best one-day walk in the world” and yet the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is only one of many reasons to visit the Tongariro National Park.
The national park was created by the gifting of land by Te Hue Hue Tukino, chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa Maori, in 1887. It was New Zealand’s first National Park and the fourth in the world and now has United Nations Dual World Heritage status, recognising both its outstanding natural and cultural importance. It has grown over the years and now occupies nearly 80,000ha.
The park is dominated by the three volcanoes of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. It is visited by over one million people annually and is popular as a winter playground and in summer for hiking. Its impressive landscapes featured in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies with Mt Ngauruhoe cameoing as Mt Doom.
The volcanoes all erupt from time-to-time with the most recent being the Te Maari crater, near the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, in 2012. Mt Ruapehu, the highest of the volcanoes and the highest point in the North Island at 2797m, has eight named glaciers on its summit, the only permanent snow and ice in the North Island.
There are numerous hikes in the park, from the multi-day Northern Circuit and Round the Mountain Walks, to the short walks of 1-4 hours duration to Tawhai Falls, Silica Rapids and Taranaki Falls. Nature abounds in all it beauty and you will see an amazing variety of landscape, plants and birds. To find out more about walks in the park check out Tongariro Hiking.

The three ski areas include the two commercial fields of Whakapapa, New Zealand’s largest ski field, and Turoa, and the smaller club field of Tukino. To find out more check out Ruapehu Alpine Lifts website or Tukino Skifield website. Tukino is known for its off-piste skiing and is nicknamed “the wild side”. Whether its winter sports or wine and food that is your interest, its well worth a visit at any time of the year to the Knoll Ridge Café. This architecturally awarded structure can easily be reached by averagely mobile people via chairlifts at any time of the year and located at 2200m high has stunning views of the Central North Island.


Check about Tongariro National Park for more information.


News from 2014


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Old News Stories

24 February 2015 Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert Update

The forecast has improved and tickets are selling fast for the first Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert this Saturday 28 February. Make sure you get your tickets now! Bike Taupo are providing a gourmet BBQ fundraiser and Jo from Volcanic Coffee will be there to provide refreshments. Parking is available on site and gates open at 3pm for the concert from 4pm - 7pm. See you there!

21 February Summer Newsletter is launched

Our latest newsletter (Summer) was launched today. Check it out here for lots of special deals, events & Taupo tips...Hit the SUBSCRIBE button and you qualify for extra special deals for our newsletter friends.

16 November 2014 Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert Update

The best little concert of the Summer is coming. Tickets and information about the band is now available from Eventfinda or email us to enquire about purchasing tickets direct. Tickets are $30 each and $5 from every ticket sale supports the great work of Bike Taupo. Come along and enjoy a great summer's afternoon of fun, sun and fine Kiwi music...

16 October 2014 Stop Press! Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert

On 28 February 2015, Whakaipo Lodge is pleased to bring you "Lucky Break": The Andrew London Trio & Neil Billington in concert in the Lodge gardens. Part of every ticket sale will support Bike Taupo. Watch this space! More to come! Meantime for news on what Andrew and his band are up to check them out here

8 October 2014

Check out the latest edition of NZ Fitness Magazine (Oct/Nov 2014). Whakaipo Lodge & Adventure Shuttles feature in an article on the Great Lake Trail on page 50. Many of our guests have ridden the Great Lake Trail as its only a short bike ride from the Lodge. Our transport business, Adventure Shuttles, can get you to all the best trails in our beautiful district.

29 August 2014
Great news today (on the 1st year anniversary of our website/business launch). Whakaipo Lodge achieves a ranking of #2 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Taupo on Trip Advisor. So chuffed. Thanks to all our fabulous guests for taking the time to review us. We really appreciate it!
Check out our reviews & ranking here.


#1 on TripAdvisor


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Whakaipo Lodge achieves top ranking on TripAdvisor!

On 2 March we received news that we are ranked #1 of the Specialty Lodgings category in Taupo. This was obviously a source of pride and an endorsement from to all of the wonderful guests who took the time to write reviews for us. Thankyou so much for your support.

In addition we were pleased to recieve TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for 2015, recogintion of the work put in during the past 12 months. 

Things have also gone well on Booking.com with Whakaipo Lodge ranking at the top of Taupo accommodation with our review score currently at 9.8. 


Summer Concert


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1 March 2015 First Summer Concert a great success

Summer Concert raises over $800 for Bike Taupo

A good crowd came from far and wide to see off the last day of summer the last Saturday in February in glorious weather at the Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert held at the lodge in the Mapara Valley.
The inaugural event featured blues influenced performer Andrew London and his band “Lucky Break”, including James Tait-Jamieson, Kirsten London and Neil Billington, belting out old favourites including “Emily Bay”, as well as new material from his 2014 album “Ladies a Plate”. Andrew is an old favourite in the area having performed for many years at various venues in and around Taupo.
The event was also a fundraiser for Bike Taupo with over $500 raised at the gate for the charity and the Bike Taupo team selling gourmet burgers brought the total to over $800.
Garth & Angie London, owners of Whakaipo Lodge were thrilled with the result. Look out for a similar event  last weekend of February next year featuring Andrew back with a new lineup including Wayne Mason.

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The Andrew London Lucky Break Band featuring from left to right James Tait-Jamieson, Andrew and Kirsten London, with Neil Billington out of picture left.