With some terrific road trip options in the surrounding area, having your own car makes good sense. Without one, it’d be much more difficult to soak up everything that Whakapapa, 16 miles away, has to offer. Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Te Porere Redoubt alone make the drive out here worthwhile. Situated 45 miles away, Taupo is another place to aim for. If you stop by, make sure you check out Taupo Hot Springs, Huka Falls and Craters of the Moon.