Joy & Keith
We are truly privileged to live in National Park Village, we love sharing this place with our guests.
In November 2017 we bought The National Park Tavern and changed the name to National Park Alpine Lodge. It has been running as a Backpackers Lodge for 1 year and we have taken it on as a 1 year project to restore it to its former glory as a well known landmark in the area. We love the rustic charm of the building which started life as a boarding house built in 1912. Keith & Joy are passionate about the property and love the old world charm the property has. The National Park Village is an amazing place surrounded by the most fantastic scenery of mountains, bush, waterfalls and rivers. We couldn't think of a more idealistic place to live. We have lots of plans and ideas to turn it back into the land mark it used to be without losing the charm of over 100 years history.
In September 1887 the sacred mountain peaks, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro were gifted to the people of New Zealand by the Paramount Chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Horonuku Te Heu Heu Tukino, thus ensuring their protection for all people for all time. This gift formed the nucleus of Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's First National Park and a dual World Heritage Area.
Whakapapa Ski Area is located on the northern slopes of Mt Ruapehu which are the traditional lands of the Ngati Tuwharetoa people. The upper slopes are within the original gifted area. Turoa Ski Area is located on the southern slopes of Mt Ruapehu which are the traditional lands of the Ngati Rangi and Ngati Uenuku people.
With the largest lift accessed terrain, the highest lift in New Zealand and a massive 722m vertical descent; Mt Ruapehu provides MORE terrain, MORE choice and MORE freedom. One Mt Ruapehu lift pass gives you access to both Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas.
Free resident car parking
Free high-speed internet
Free Wifi access
Free tea & coffee
Billiards table free to use
Iron & ironing board