Whakapapa facilities to be rebuilt

A cafe and groomer shed at Whakapapa, on Mt Ruapehu, will be rebuilt after being destroyed by fire earlier this year.

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts general manager Dave Mazey said consent had been granted and construction would start immediately, with the new facilities being ready for the next ski season.

"The new cafe will seat 400 people, and be situated 50 metres downhill of the old cafe on the western side," he said.

"We've made access to the cafe much easier for visitors. Previously skiers and boarders had to make their way up two flights of stairs to get to the main level after getting off the express.

"Basically, it has been designed for cafe seating on one entry level, and easy skier access from the express and the valley t-bar." The February arson caused $10 million damage.


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