Getting there & away
InterCity (09-913 6100) buses arrive at, and depart from, outside Ski Haus on Carroll St daily except Saturday. Journeys north to Auckland ($57) via Hamilton ($39) or south to Wellington ($57) via Palmerston North ($43) take about five hours. Book at Howard’s Lodge.
The Tranz Scenic Overlander (0800 872 467; www.tranzscenic.co.nz) trains on the Auckland–Wellington line stop at National Park (and Ohakune). The service runs in both directions from Friday to Sunday May to November, and daily December to April. It will cost up to $100 from Auckland or Wellington. Train tickets are sold from Howard’s Lodge, not at the station.