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Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu

| Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
+64 7-892 4000
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Suitable only for skiers. Not for sightseeing

While we enjoyed the time there we felt quite silly when told that we couldn't access any area of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Russ W
,
Wellington, New Zealand
via mobile
Learn to ski on Mordor

This was my first time skiing. My kind wife provided me with direction. And although falling on my... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jonathan W
,
Singapore, Singapore
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Overview
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good30%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“happy valley” (54 reviews)
“chair lift” (25 reviews)
“ski area” (13 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
| Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
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+64 7-892 4000
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"happy valley"
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"chair lift"
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"ski area"
in 13 reviews
"car park"
in 15 reviews
"rock garden"
in 7 reviews
"lift passes"
in 6 reviews
"summer visit"
in 5 reviews
"whakapapa ski"
in 8 reviews
"first timers"
in 4 reviews
"great snow"
in 3 reviews
"awesome views"
in 3 reviews
"sun was shining"
in 3 reviews
"walk up"
in 3 reviews
"snow fall"
in 3 reviews
"free bus"
in 3 reviews
"great hiking trails"
in 3 reviews
"great facilities"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

While we enjoyed the time there we felt quite silly when told that we couldn't access any area of snow as it was for the skiers which is fair enough but they should have designated area clearly marked out for us sightseers to enjoy.

Thank Russ W
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was my first time skiing. My kind wife provided me with direction. And although falling on my bottom repeatedly in front of a class of gracefully gliding children was embarrassing, I enjoyed my trip. We had fluffy snow and access up and down the...More

Thank Jonathan W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to take the kids, however very busy. Happy valley is fantastic for the learner skier, the old rope tows are gone now and there are travelators which you just stand on. The only thing I would suggest is if you only need to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Where do you start? Lets begin with the fantastic idea of offering 1st tracks for half price to encourage us up the mountain early - great idea, on what looked to be the busiest day of the season with a great weather forecast from the...More

1  Thank projectyachting
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Season pass holder here! Carparking is good but they will close the road on you when it fills up on bluebird days. Such a beautiful hill to ski & board (suggest boarders go far west! Left side of resort gets very mogully with skiers) &...More

Thank Undcva
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Reviewed 1 week ago

sledding brilliant for the kids and adults. 20 dollars for one hour. We stayed for almost 2 hours and could have stayed longer as it was so much fun. Instructors are available for skiing. you can hire equipment. there is more than one retuarant. There...More

Thank deboraha25
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day spent up on the mountain at Happy Valley. Great place for beginners with great facilities. Really enjoyed our time here.

Thank Debbie S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

an excellent ski field with something for everyone. However a lot of the facilities dont open until mid morning or later. The lift staff dont seem to be able to manage the lift lines, not organizing people into groups of four to fill all chairs....More

Thank phillstravels
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent time walking and watching my adult kids enjoy sledding. Spent time snow ball fighting. Also enjoyed a hot chocolate .

Thank prophetess82
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tobogganing was so much fun and chairlift to Knoll Ridge cafe in the snow was literally breathtaking.

Thank TatianO2013
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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
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Chenwaihong
30 January 2018|
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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
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