Turoa & Whakapapa Ski Areas
MT RUAPEHU – TUROA & WHAKAPAPA
It is hard not to be impressed by the mammoth volcano, Mt Ruapehu. Home to New Zealand’s two largest ski areas, Whakapapa and Turoa, Mt Ruapehu boasts the highest lift access and the longest vertical drop in Australasia.
Mt Ruapehu is situated within the spectacular Tongariro National Park, a dual world heritage site. With 1800 hectares of incredible terrain on offer, these two ski areas will delight skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.
Turoa's Alpine Meadow and Whakapapa’s Happy Valley are beginner favourites, with wide gentle slopes, magic carpets and a chairlift. More confident skiers and riders are spoilt for choice with 50 groomed runs, huge snow-filled basins, steep chutes and secret powder stashes to explore. For freeskiers and snowboarders there are full time Terrain Parks and extensive lift accessed backcountry skiing/riding at both ski areas.
Mt Ruapehu offers a seamless lift pass, which provides you with access to both ski areas. Both Turoa and Whakapapa offer excellent services and facilities; the only dilemma you’ll have is deciding where to explore next!
Turoa Ski Area:
P: +64 06 385 8456
P: 07 892 4000
For Whakapapa, please
How to find us
Lifts operate 9am-4pm weather and conditions dependant. Check the latest snow report for updates.
How to find us
Mt Ruapehu is located in the central North Island, approximately half way between Auckland and Wellington. Once at Mt Ruapehu getting to the slopes is easy. The access roads to both of the ski areas are by far the best in New Zealand. They are fully sealed all the way and are suitable for Campervans. On occasion chains are required, but we can fit them for you while you stay warm inside your vehicle. If you would prefer not to drive yourself there are several local businesses that offer a transport service from Whakapapa and Ohakune villages up to the ski areas. Whakapapa Ski Area is 6kms (10 mins) from Whakapapa Village. Drive times: From Auckland - 4 hours From Wellington - 4 hours 15 mins From Rotorua - 2 hours From Taupo - 1 hour 15 mins