Whakapapa Ski Area

Whakapapa Ski Area

Whakapapa Ski Area is New Zealand’s largest ski area with over 65 trails to discover, ranging from beginner and intermediate to extreme. Centrally located in the North Island of New Zealand, Whakapapa Ski Area it is the best place to spend your winter snow holiday.

Whether you’re just interested in snow play, starting out skiing or snowboarding or you’re looking for a new challenge, Whakapapa Ski Area has the terrain and snow conditions to cater for everyone.

Happy Valley

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, tossing snowballs and buidling snowmen!

Intermediate and Advanced Skiing

For intermediate skiers, there are snow filled basins, steep chutes and wide open slopes to enjoy. There  are also well over 24 black and double black diamond runs to satisfy the extreme skier and snowboarders. Check out the full Whakapapa Trail Map here.

Night Skiing

This winter, you will be able to see Happy Valley and the lower mountain in a whole new light! You can ski under the stars on Friday and Saturday nights with a Whakapapa Night Skiing pass. 

New Zealand's Highest Cafe

Situated at 2,020m above sea level, Whakapapa Ski Area's Knoll Ridge Cafe is New Zealand’s highest cafe. Here you will find great coffee, tasty treats and incredible views overlooking the Pinnacles and out over the Central Plateau. You can take a scenic chairlift ride to the Knoll Ridge Cafe all year round. Find out more about Whakapapa in summer here.

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