Bruce Road-Whakapapa ski field

Bruce Road, a steep climb to Whakapapa ski field

Bruce Road is a 2-lane, 6 km (3.7 mi) sealed road located on the northern side of Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand's Tongariro National Park. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

Do I need chains to drive to Whakapapa?

The road is pretty steep and climbs up to Whakapapa ski field, at an elevation of 1.619m (5,311ft) above the sea level. Weather conditions can be changeable over the day, and mountain visitors are advised to be prepared and carry basic survival equipment. Although severe weather is unusual and generally forecast, it has claimed several lives over the years. On some occasions you will need to fit chains as you approach Whakapapa Village, particularly if you have a 2WD vehicle.

The views are stunning. The road to the top is asphalted. Starting from the SH47 road, the ascent is 13 km long with 3 hairpin turns. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 959 meters. The average percentage is 7,37%.


NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.