Image: Mt Ruapehu

Whakapapa Ski Area

Quick Facts Where 90 km from Taupo, 6km from Whakapapa Village Board Great variety of natural terrain Ski Some of the best off-piste in NZ Season June – October Access Road Sealed, no road toll, carry chains Price Range Adult lift pass $99 Ratings Beginner 30%, intermediate 45%, advanced 25%

Mount Ruapehu is home to New Zealand’s two largest ski areas, Whakapapa and Turoa, and provides a unique skiing experience in that it is an active volcano and part of a dual World Heritage Area. Whakapapa is the largest ski field in the country and is home to arguably the nation’s premiere beginners’ area, Happy Valley, as well as more than 30 groomed trails that intermediate skiers and boarders love, and for the more adventurous, 24 black and black diamond runs and the lift-accessible Black Magic backcountry area. It also offers all the amenities of an international ski resort, including great dining at New Zealand’s highest café( at 2,020 metres), the Knoll Ridge café.

Essentials Highest Point 2,300 m Vertical: 675 m Skiable Area 550 ha Lift Pass Prices Adult $95, Youth (5 – 18 years) $57, Children (4 and Under) Free Lifts 6 chairlifts, 4 T-bars, 2 platters On-field ski/board hire Yes Tuition Snow School Package deals Discover Snowboarding & Skiing packages, Explorer packages, lift and rental packages On-field accommodation No