Ski Mount Ruapehu - Ski Field Information
Mount Ruapehu boasts brilliant skiing and snowboarding, with the longest vertical drop in Australasia. Mount Ruapehu is also home to Whakapapa, New Zealand's largest commercial ski area. Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields are located within the Tongariro National Park, a Dual World Heritage Area, and have the highest lift access terrain in New Zealand.
Whakapapa, Turoa & Tukino ski fields
Whakapapa and Turoa have a combined area of 1050 hectares, the largest area dedicated to commercial skiing in New Zealand. There is an excellent variety of terrain to suit all levels of skiers and snowboarders, as well as dedicated areas for tobogganing and tubing.
You could also try Tukino ski field, Mount Ruapehu's lesser-known gem, located on the eastern side of the mountain. Tukino ski field offers the rare combination of adventure minus the crowds. Tukino is a club field, operated and maintained by club members.
Everything you need to have a great day up on the mountain is available in Turangi or Taupo, including ski and snowboard rental and tuning, warm weather gear shops (and rental), ski packages including lessons, transport to the resorts and of course a wide range of accommodation options.
The Great Lake Taupo region is the perfect place to base yourself if you are planning to ski or snowboard during your holiday or weekend away.
One of the benefits of staying in Turangi or Taupo is the alternative things to see and do in the region if the weather up the mountain is not looking good. From Turangi you are only 40 minutes drive to Whakapapa or 1 hour 20 minutes from Turoa. From Taupo you are 1 hour 20 minutes drive to Whakapapa or 2 hours from Turoa.
Mount Ruapehu is a special mountain, both in its uniqueness and in the sheer quality of the terrain. It only takes one visit to Mount Ruapehu to become hooked on the New Zealand snow season, thanks to the space and freedom you’ll experience, the awe-inspiring scenery and the friendly people you’ll encounter. If you’re an absolute beginner you’re up for some fun family times in the snow, or if you’re a seasoned pro, Mount Ruapehu has what you’re looking for.