We are travelling in early Jan 15 from Wellington to Rotorua, and staying overnight in Ohakune. I know Tongoriro is great hiking and walking terrain, but we are only staying overnight en-route. So whilst we are there it be would be a shame not to get a glimpse of the mountains and great volcanic landscape.
My question is how to get from Ohakune to the location of the summer chairlift? We'll be driving by car, so do we drive up to the Turoa car park via the mountain road, or is there a bubble lift from the base up? I see that the last lift is 3.30pm - how long does it take from town to lift?
Many many thanks, despite all the advertising about the chairlift, I can find very little on how to actually get to it. I guess we'd also need to know where to buy the pass/ticket.