Whakapapa Ski Area offers an awesome array of slopes for skiers and riders of all levels. Happy Valley is one of NZ’s premier beginner areas, the intermediate slopes challenge you with chutes, bumps, bowls and drops on nice wide runs and there are 24 black and black diamond runs to thrill even the most hard core snow lover. Whakapapa is located on the north 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.

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

Season Dates

Starts 03 July 2021 – Ends 25 October 2021

Why we love Whakapapa

Ease of access: 6 km of sealed road from Whakapapa village, 30 groomed trails, Terrain Park freestyle features by the top of the Valley T-bar & 6 cafes including 2 licensed.

Terrain & Stats

Terrain Level
Beginner 25%
Intermediate 50%
Advanced 25%
Other Stats & Info
Skiable Area 550 ha
Elevation 2,300 m
Vertical 420 m
Longest Run 3.6 km
Average Snowfall 2.4 m p/a
Terrain Parks 1
Snowmaking 20%
Number of Lifts 14
Lift Operating Hours 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Drive Times

FromToDrive Time
Whakapapa VillageWhakapapa10 min
National Park VillageWhakapapa20 min
OhakuneWhakapapa45 min
TaupoWhakapapa1 hr 25 min
RotoruaWhakapapa2 hr 25 min
Auckland AirportWhakapapa Village4 hr 25 min

Trail Map