At the request of the Department of Conservation (DOC), Mt Ruapehu operated a car parking reservation system in 2020. The system was designed to manage congestion and capacity and was initially intended to run for 10 peak weekends only, but it became an essential tool under Covid-19 Alert Level 2 as we were only able to welcome 30-50% of our “normal” guest numbers- this translated to the number of car parks available and for the duration of Level 2 this was a really tough thing.
We believe in managing capacity to maximise guest enjoyment and to ensure responsible management of the special place that our ski areas occupy. But we also believe controls should be rationalised to truly focus on only the times of peak demand.
DOC have accepted our suggestion that Bookable Parking should run for only six weekends in 2021 and this will be from July 31st to September 5th*. There will be no charges associated with parking.
*Unless the region returns to Covid-19 Alert Level 2 or higher.