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Is there snow in the village in early October?

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Is there snow in the village in early October?

We are going to stay in Taupo area for a couple of nights in first week of October. We come from a tropical country and want to bring our son to see real snow for the first time :)

May i know will there be snow in Tongariro national park at that time? We just want to see snow and no skiing. Please recommend a place that we can drive up and stop to see real snow. We are travelling around the North Island only this time. Thanks.

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1. Re: Is there snow in the village in early October?

Yes, there will be snow at the Whakapapa or Turoa ski fields. You can drive up to Whakapapa from the west of Ruapehu near the town of National Park.and you can drive up to Turoa from Ohakune.

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2. Re: Is there snow in the village in early October?

Unlikely to snow at lower altitudes if you mean National Park or Whakapapa.

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3. Re: Is there snow in the village in early October?

Thank you all for the reply. Sounds like no luck to touch snow at the lower park of the mountain. I will check with local i-site when i am there.

Do you recommend to drive to national park village area and spend few hours? We plan to have a lunch and coffee there for the scenery, no hiking :p

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4. Re: Is there snow in the village in early October?

To spend a few hours head to Whakapapa village rather than National Park village. At Whakapapa village you will find the historic Chateau Tongariro hotel where you can have 'high tea' ie tea/coffee with cakes and sandwiches.

There is a very interesting Information centre there, several nice short walks in the area and the scenery is spectacular.

If you want to touch snow then continue up the Bruce road to the Whakapapa skifield and have a play.

Edited: 13 September 2011, 20:49
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5. Re: Is there snow in the village in early October?

Nothing to see at National Park. It is a train station & some cheap accommodation but outside the NP. You definitely need to go into the Park for a walk.

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6. Re: Is there snow in the village in early October?

hi all, thanks for the replies.

Now i realised there is Whakapapa village when you all mentioned it. Sounds good! Ok i am going to give this place a visit instead of National Park.

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7. Re: Is there snow in the village in early October?

Hi 311WMM

It will definitely be possible for you to see snow in October or November, at either Whakapapa ski field (from National Park) or Turoa Ski field (from Ohakune).

You can drive your car right up to either ski area on a sealed road. Car parking is free at both ski areas You can play in snow near the carparks, or take a sightseeing pass on the chairlift if the snow is higher. You can purchase food, drinks etc at both as well.

Dress warm , as it can be windy or cool on the mountain, even in summer.

Paul

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8. Re: Is there snow in the village in early October?

Hello Adventure_HQ, thank you for the information. We drove up to the village on 3-Oct, the resort was closed, but... there was snow! Good enough to make the kid have fun seeing snow for the first time.

The day before that, it was raining whole day until 3-4am. We were very lucky, rain stopped and sun came out before we departed from Taupo, and made the drive up to the village very easy.

Thank you all, we had a very good holiday in New Zealand, and enjoyed the World Cup matches!

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