Skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand
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New Zealand’s largest ski area, Whakapapa provides a unique skiing experience in a dual World Heritage Area, recognising both its cultural and spiritual significance to Māori and the natural significance of its volcanic features.
Whakapapa is home to arguably the nation’s premier beginners’ area, Happy Valley, as well as more than 30 groomed trails that intermediate skiers and boarders love.
For the more adventurous, Whakapapa boasts 24 black and black diamond runs and the lift-accessible Black Magic backcountry area. For mixed-ability groups, Whakapapa has many areas containing green, blue and black runs, so you can take different runs and meet up at the chairlift. Whakapapa also includes great dining at the Knoll Ridge, New Zealand’s highest café (at 2020 metres), as well as New Zealand’s longest gondola, Sky Waka.