New to snow?

New to the snow? Don’t sweat it, we’ve got you covered with helpful hints and tips to ensure your time on the slopes is an enjoyable one.

What to wear

You’re heading into an alpine environment, so layers are your friend! Ensuring you have a toasty warm base layer is important, so either some good quality polyprop thermals or merino wool (and there’s plenty of the stuff in New Zealand) will have you on the right track from the inside out. Go for a long sleeve top, long johns and good socks and you’re half way there.

On top you’ll want a waterproof jacket and trousers. Add to that a warm beanie and/or helmet, waterproof gloves or mittens and either a pair of googles or good quality UV sunglasses. You can rent snow gear or buy clothing from one of the well-stocked outdoor clothing stores in Taupo and Turangi.

What to bring

The weather on Mount Ruapehu can change quickly so ensuring you are prepared is important. Bring extra layers of clothing, sunblock, plenty of food and water (this can be purchased on the mountain) and a mobile phone.


If you’re an absolute beginner booking in for a ski or snowboard lesson with the friendly Snow School team is a great idea. The qualified instructors will help you to learn the basics and feel comfortable on the snow. 

Mount Ruapehu offers a range of ski and snowboard packages which include everything you need for a memorable day on the snow. Ski packages include lift passes, gear hire and lessons. This means less time hanging around and more time sinking your teeth into your new favourite winter past time. Find out more about the ski and snowboard packages on offer here.

Getting to the snow

You can drive to the ski fields or take a shuttle bus. For a no-stress day of fun, we definitely recommend taking the shuttle bus from Taupo or Turangi. The weather can change quickly up the mountain, so be prepared for icy roads and snow. If you decide to drive, make sure you are in a four-wheel drive vehicle and have snow chains with you (that you know how to fit to the vehicle). Find out more about getting to the snow here.

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