Skiing and Snowboarding
Situated in the heart of the North Island, the Great Lake Taupo region is the ideal winter playground. With Mount Ruapehu which is home to New Zealand's largest ski area only a short drive away, basing yourself in Great Lake Taupo will deliver your best holiday ever.
Winter is warmer in Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand.
Mount Ruapehu is home to three fantastic ski fields - Whakapapa, Turoa and Tukino, all within an hours drive of each other. Mount Ruapehu is also home to New Zealand's largest ski area, Whakapapa Ski Area.
Whakapapa Ski Area and Turo Ski Area offer some of the best terrain in New Zealand and Australasia with numerous groomed beginner areas, natural halfpipes, chutes, bowls and backcountry areas that rival the best in the world.
If you don’t have any ski gear, fear not. The Great Lake Taupo region has the best range of ski, snowboard and outdoor stores you’ll find in the North Island, as well as fully stocked rental outlets, ski and snowboard workshops and other services. Whatever you need, you’ll find it at a Mount Ruapehu ski hire operator near you.
If you need a break after all the amazing skiing or snowboarding you’ve been getting, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained in Great Lake Taupo on those days away from the snow.
There is a superb range of restaurants, bars and takeaway outlets catering to all tastes. Authentic ethnic cuisine, traditional New Zealand fare made with fresh local produce and gourmet takeaways for those cosy winter nights in front of the fire – you’ll find it all here waiting for you.
All you need now is a place to stay. There’s a place where everyone will feel at home in the Great Lake Taupo region. Mount Ruapehu accommodation ranges from heritage hotels, boutique B&B’s, ski lodges, motels, holiday homes and backpackers, plus they're all situated within easy reach of the ski areas and other attractions. With their genuine kiwi hospitality and easy accessibility you can’t go wrong.
We’ve got all the information you need to plan your winter holiday with us. Travel and transport options, what to bring, Mount Ruapehu weather information, snow reports and even stories from others who have experienced the winter fun in the region. It’s all here so start planning your winter holiday in the Great Lake Taupo region now.
Visitor Guide 2017
Everything you need to know about activities, accommodation, shopping and dining in Great Lake Taupo.