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Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Remarkable Northern Skiing!

When the weather gods are blessing you, this field is fabulous - high and wide, no tree obstacles... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Peter B
via mobile
Taking the kids skiing

Great place to take the kids, family friendly, great staff and awesome skiing when the weather... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good30%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“happy valley”(56 reviews)
“chair lift”(25 reviews)
“ski area”(13 reviews)
With 550 hectares of lift-accessed & patrolled terrain, Whakapapa is NZ's largest ski area. The huge variety of terrain provides mellow slopes for first-timers & epic chutes, drops & bumps for the most experienced. Whakapapa's snow factory...more
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| Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
+64 7-892 4000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I would not recommend the 1 day child ski package (which is not cheap either) My four year old son was not adequately supervised during the lunch session. I was coming up on the chair lift in Happy Valley and happened to look down onto...More

1  Thank lynetteputzier
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When the weather gods are blessing you, this field is fabulous - high and wide, no tree obstacles (cf Oz), and above the clouds with crisp spring snow. Ok, some rocky outcrops and cliffs to avoid as marked, but great chair lifts and T-bars to...More

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 5 days ago

It’s a fantastic experience for a non-skier to access the ski field via two chair lifts. Not a cheap one for a family though and the only place I’ve come across that insists a family of 5 has to be two adults and three children,...More

Thank MrsWeasel67
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to take the kids, family friendly, great staff and awesome skiing when the weather plays the game!

Thank nzcath2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to take the kids to the snow, but needs better signage for people that have never visited. 1st day we caught the shuttle bus from National Park to Whakapapa, 1st bus due to leave at 9.15am. Got to carpark at 8.30am and there...More

1  Thank Bundymum
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For many years as a child, and then later in life as an adult on holiday, I had driven north and south along the Desert Road and looked with wonder at the snow on Mt Ruapehu. Finally, on this holiday, after staring at this beautiful...More

Thank peterbmst
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a beautiful big ski field! Saw so many still skiing and snowboarding away in September! Amazing!

Thank tripreview777
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The queue for tickets was a bit long which sucked. Also there should be a sign that tells you that you pay for sled rides downstairs. We paid $85 for a family pass on the ski lift that takes you up to the cafe. Cafe...More

Thank Vicky P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Haven’t skied here for a few years and I remember why. The slopes are ok but only for the morning as soon as the sun gets on it just turns to a sugary mess. Role tows????? Ye gods these went out with the ark.......A day...More

Thank steve a
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The white is around me. It's make me so excited. Just sitting in coffee shop and sightseeing. Enjoy this moment 😍

Thank LionHan
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11 August 2018|
Response from RuapehuAlpineLifts | Property representative |
Hi TravelAddictToo, Unfortunately this summer we will no be operational as we will be working on building our new gondola. We will open for business on June 1st 2019 and look forward to seeing you then. CP
Charcy Z
26 July 2018|
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Response from Pete Y | Reviewed this property |
Rent your stuff at edge to edge near the Chateau, less queues and get the night before otherwise you waste good skiing time
30 January 2018|
Response from Rhondda H | Reviewed this property |
Hi, there is snow down to The Chateau only in winter months ie; August to November unless there have been heavy falls. Hire of ski equipment is available either on the mountain or from Turangi (closest own) or Taupo... More