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Mt Ruapehu

With the largest lift accessed terrain and highest lift in NZ and the longest Vertical descent in Australasia, Mt Ruapehu provides MORE terrain, MORE choice and MORE freedom.

The north island ski areas Whakapapa and Turoa have the best access roads of any New Zealand ski area and are even suitable for those guest travelling in motorhomes. Located only 4 hours south of Auckland Mt Ruapehu is the place to go to experience what is it is like to ski or ride an active volcano.




Whakapapa

Whakapapa is home to New Zealand’s premiere beginner’s area, Happy Valley.

Overview

  • Access: 6 km of sealed road from Whakapapa village
  • Groomed Trails: 30
  • Terrain Park freestyle features by the top of the Valley T-bar
  • Cafes: 6 including 2 licensed

Statistics

Beginner Terrain

25%

Intermediate Terrain

50%

Advanced Terrain

25%

Skiable Area

550 hectares

Elevation

2300m

Vertical

420m

Longest Run

3.6kms

Average Snowfall

2.4m per annum (excluding snowmaking)

Snowmaking

20%

Terrain Parks

1

Season Guideline

27 June – 18 Oct

Lifts

Quads

2

Doubles

5

T-Bars

4

Platters

1

Conveyers and Rope Tows

2

Lift Operating Hours

9am to 4pm

Drive Time

from Rotorua

2 hours

from Auckland

4 hours

from Taupo

75 minutes



Turoa

Kids are best catered for at Turoa ski area with a licensed childcare centre for children aged 2–5.

Overview

  • Access: 17 kms of sealed road from Ohakune
  • Groomed Trails: 22
  • Which side of the mountain: South-west slopes
  • Cafes: 3 including 2 licensed

Statistics

Beginner Terrain

20%

Intermediate Terrain

55%

Advanced Terrain

25%

Skiable Area

400 hectares

Elevation

2322m

Vertical

722m

Longest Run

4kms

Average Snowfall

2.4m per annum (excluding snowmaking)

Snowmaking

10%

Terrain Parks

1

Season Guideline

 27 June – 18 Oct

Lifts

6 seaters

1

Triples

2

Quads

2

T-Bars

1

Platters and Conveyers

3

Lift Operating Hours

9am to 4pm

Drive Time

from Rotorua

2 hours 45 minutes

from Auckland

4 hours 30 minutes

from Taupo

2 hours



More about Mt Ruapehu

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  • Experience the thrill of skiing on an active volcano.
  • Located on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park, a designated Dual World Heritage area.
  • Virtually equal distance from Auckland or Wellington.
  • Mt Ruapehu is home to the most awesome natural skiing & snowboarding terrain in the country: huge snow filled basins, steep chutes, drop-offs and secret powder stashes.
  • Mt Ruapehu offers something for everyone: fantastic learners’ facilities, terrain parks for snowboarders & freeskiers of all abilities, & the best spring skiing in NZ.
  • The best access roads of any NZ Skifield (2 lanes sealed all the way).

The Terrain at Whakapapa

Beginners – Whakapapa is home to New Zealand’s premiere beginner’s area, Happy Valley. Dedicated purely to beginners it is in its own valley away from the worry of faster skiers & boarders. The slope is nice and long allowing you time to get the hang of skiing or boarding for the first time.

Intermediate – This ski field offers more than 30 groomed trails which the intermediate skier or boarder will love. This ski area offers a variety of trails that explore the volcanic terrain, giving you a choice of bumps, chutes, drops, bowls or nice wide runs.

Advanced – If you want to get your adrenaline pumping then you will be thrilled by the 24 black and black diamond runs available at Whakapapa. Plus this area offers lift access to its Black Magic backcountry area.

The Terrain at Turoa

Beginners – The Alpine Meadow has a massive 120m long carpet lift, perfect for a beginners ski area. For those who don’t know what a carpet lift is, basically it’s like a conveyer belt or travelator over the snow – you just stand on it and it takes you easily up the slope! Right next to the Alpine Meadow is a tobogganing area which is great fun for the kids!

Intermediate – If you like wide and smooth ski runs you will enjoy the intermediate terrain at Turoa. This area also has a few chutes and bowls though just to keep it interesting. There are 12 groomed intermediate runs which are long and many link to one another so you can enjoy brilliant skiing and riding from the top of Australasia’s highest lift to the base area.

Advanced – At Turoa you will find a massive variety of terrain with 25 black and black diamond runs and two impressive lift accessed backcountry areas. You’ll enjoy natural half-pipes and chutes through the Organ pipes and the Solitude backcountry areas. But if you like steeps Hamilton’s Face is perfect to explore the ever-changing range of natural terrain features.

From To Travel Time (approx)
Auckland Whakapapa 4 hrs
Wellington Whakapapa 4 hrs 45 mins
Rotorua Whakapapa 2 hrs
Auckland Turoa 4 hrs 30 mins
Wellington Turoa 4 hrs 15 mins
Rotorua Turoa 2 hrs 45 mins


The Mt Ruapehu lift pass gives you access to both Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas.



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Mt Ruapehu is on the North Island of New Zealand offering a ski or snowboard experience you are unlikely to get anywhere else in the world! It’s a unique opportunity to Ski on an active volcano in a World Heritage Area – Tongariro National Park.
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Kids are best catered for at Turoa ski area. The Turoa Yeti Kids Centre is a fully licensed childcare centre for children aged 2 – 5 years. Families will enjoy the snow and facilities at Turoa. Whakapapa does not have a childcare centre however they do offer a variety of kids holiday programmes, camps and weekend activities.
Turoa caters for kids offering:

  • Yeti Kids Centre is open 7 days from 9 am to 3p.30pm
  • Licensed childcare facility
  • Yeti Cubs for 2-5 years with indoor care, snow time play
  • Yeti Skiwee for 3-5 years includes 1-2 hr beginner ski lesson and indoor care
  • Private Lessons are available for kids please ask our ski specialists for more information


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