Checkpoints will not be staffed by RAL employees. Independent contractors will be staffing the access road checkpoints between 7am and 11am on peak weekend days only, i.e. Saturdays and Sundays between July 25th and September 27th. Car park bookings are available up to 10am on these days, with checkpoints staffed an hour after the latest possible booking time.
Your number plate will be checked using a scanning app on a tablet to confirm you have booked your vehicle for access that day. If you haven't booked and there is capacity remaining, an instant booking can be created to allow access. We recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment during these peak times.
If you plan to arrive after 10am on peak weekend days, any weekend before or after the above dates, or any midweek days this season, you are not required to book. If car parks are at capacity during these off-peak times they will operate on a one-in, one-out basis.
At Whakapapa, your number plate will be checked at Scoria Flat on days the road is open to all vehicles, and Whakapapa Village when the road is restricted.
At Tūroa, the checkpoint will be at the 3km slow vehicle bay.