Ski & Snowboard

Mt Ruapehu, home to Whakapapa, Turoa  and Tukino Ski Areas, boasts brilliant skiing, snowboarding and sledding in the North Island of New Zealand.

Mt Ruapehu ski passes are valid at both Whakapapa and Turoa. Tukino ski passes can be purchased from the ticket office at Tukino during the season. The ski season usually runs from June until October each year.  

New Zealand’s largest ski areas

Whakapapa Ski Area and Turoa Ski Area are the two largest commercial ski areas in New Zealand – this means there’s more skiable terrain in the North Island than the South Island’s Cardrona, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt all put together!
More advanced skiers will love the long, continuous runs and big open bowls of the backcountry ski areas. Beginner and intermediate skiers will feel at home on the lower slopes and in the dedicated beginner areas. 

New Zealand’s largest beginner ski area

Whakapapa Ski Area is home to Happy Valley, New Zealand's largest beginner ski and snow play area. Here you can spend the day experiencing the best that a family winter holiday has to offer with ski and snowboard lessons, sledding, snowball fights and building snowmen.
Over at Turoa Ski Area, Alpine Meadow is an ideal beginner’s area with a 120m long carpet lift and sledding area. For the youngest members of the family, Turoa also runs a fully licensed childcare facility for 2 to 5 year olds.

New Zealand’s longest ski season

Thanks to a brand new state-of-the-art ‘Snow Factory’, which has the ability to make snow in temperatures up to 25˚C, Whakapapa now boasts the longest ski season in Australasia.
Spring skiing can be the most fun you have all season, with blue sky days, spring snow, shorter lift queues and discounts on lift passes. 

Dine at New Zealand’s highest café

The Knoll Ridge Café on Whakapapa Ski Area is New Zealand’s highest café. At 2020m above sea level, with breathtaking views of the Pinnacles and valley below this award-winning architecturally designed café was awarded the Design Curial Best Designed Café in the World, 2015.
If you’re not skiing or boarding, you can access the Knoll Ridge Café by scenic chairlift ride

Access to the snow is easy

Take the hassle out of getting to the snow with daily mountain transport from Taupo and Turangi to Whakapapa. The Mt Ruapehu snow shuttle departs daily from the Snow Depot right in the heart of Taupo town so you can sort all your gear hire and passes before you leave. There is also a pick up from Turangi i-SITE. There are also a handful of other providers offering mountain transport.

Geothermal wonders, hot pools and bubbling mud

Who doesn’t love to soak away the aches and pains of a day spent on the snow? Taupo is a volcanic, geothermal wonderland with natural thermal hot pools perfect for a soak at the end of a long day.
Discover natural hotspots in many lake and river locations around the region, or head to one of the thermal hot pools located in either Taupo or near Turangi.

Off mountain activities on tap

Discover adrenalin sports like jet boating, white water rafting, bungy jumping and sky diving, as well as scenic lake and sunset cruises  and kayaking adventures.
You’ll find natural geothermal hot pools and walkways, and due to the region’s free-draining pumice soil, mountain biking, hiking and golf are popular winter activities. 

Family-friendly apres ski

Taupo town comes to life after a day on the slopes! Discover fairy light-lined streets, cosy bars and restaurants with hearty winter food menus, mulled wine and crackling fires to sit beside. There’s everything from craft beer and wood-fired pizza in lakefront pubs to gourmet cuisine in top restaurants and family-friendly dining throughout the town. 
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