Turoa Ski Area offers a great variety of slopes to challenge skiers and riders of all levels. Alpine Meadow is a fantastic beginners area, the intermediate slopes are mostly wide and smooth and it offers 25 black and black diamond runs to conquer. Turoa is located on the south western slopes of 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.


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

Season Dates

Starts 03 July 2021 – Ends 25 October 2021

Why we love Turoa

Ease of access: 17 km of sealed road from Ohakune, 22 groomed trails, South-west slopes, 3 cafes including 2 licensed.

Terrain & Stats

Terrain Level
Beginner 20%
Intermediate 55%
Advanced 25%
Other Stats & Info
Skiable Area 400 ha
Elevation 2,322 m
Vertical 722 m
Longest Run 4 km
Average Snowfall 2.4 m p/a
Terrain Parks 1
Snowmaking 10%
Number of Lifts 9
Lift Operating Hours 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Drive Times

FromToDrive Time
OhakuneTuroa25 min
National Park Village Turoa50 min
Whakapapa Village Turoa1 hr 10 min
TaupoTuroa2 hr 00 min
RotoruaTuroa2 hr 45 min
AucklandTuroa4 hr 30 min

Trail Map