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Manganui Ski Area

www.skitaranaki.co.nz

Taranaki’s only ski area has two natural half-pipes offering great snowboarding and awesome terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers. Head down after a day’s boarding and go surfing!

Experience outstanding steep runs for skiers and snowboarders on the iconic cone of Mount Taranaki.

Quick Facts Where 18km from Stratford, 54 km from New Plymouth Board Natural half-pipes (intermediate/advanced), park features Ski Great beginner – intermediate terrain Season June – October Access Road: 16 km sealed carpark, 25 min walk, goods lift half way Price Range Adult lift pass $45; Ratings Beginner 5%, intermediate 30%, advanced 65%

Situated on the majestic Mount Taranaki, Taranaki’s only ski area has two natural half-pipes offering great snowboarding and awesome terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers. The lower mountain more often than not loses snow between falls, being low in elevation (and the second-wettest place in NZ!), but needs only 30 cm of snow to open, as it’s on a mown tussock meadow, and is served by a beginners’ tow and an intermediate T-bar. The top tow has several steep runs about 1 km long and offers outstanding snowboarding, with many natural half-pipes. Restrooms, ticket office and snack food are all available. Lodging is available at the modern, warm and comfortable Manganui Ski Lodge at the base of the lift facilities which provides a ski-in, ski-out option. Ensure that you bring gear with you to the mountain, as there is no on-field equipment hire, and make sure that you wear sensible footwear for the short walk to the field from the carpark.

Essentials Highest Point 1,680 m Vertical 420 m Skiable Area 59 ha Lift Pass Prices Adult $45, Student (with ID) $35, Junior (17 years or under) $30, Learners’ Tow Only $25 Lifts 3 rope tows, 1 T-bar On-field ski/board hire No Tuition No On-field accommodation Manganui Ski Lodge – 33 beds.