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Mt Ruapehu

Sh1 | southern shore of Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Mt Ruapehu Scenic Chairlift Ride
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t Ruapehu is located in the central North Island of New Zealand. It is home to two of New Zealand's largest ski areas - Whakapapa and Turoa.
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“chair lift” (81 reviews)
“ski lift” (15 reviews)
“happy valley” (14 reviews)
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Sh1 | southern shore of Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Must visit during the winter. Offers lesson for ski and snow board for first timers. The view is incredible. Use 4WD cars or bring your tire chains in case you are driving privately. Or take the bus ride to the top from wakapapa village. Ski,...More

Thank Melbing M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Mt. Ruapehu has two main ski fields, Whakapapa and Turoa. Whakapapa is on the National Park end of Ruapehu while Turoa is on the Ohakune side. Both fields are run by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts so the passes work for both sides. Apart from the ski...More

Thank Acineto
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Commercial Manager - Whakapapa Ski Area at Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Acineto, Thanks for you positive review of Mt Ruapehu. We also love that you can choose which side of this amazing volcanoe is the best fit for you in all seasons. Alongside skiing, snowboarding and generally enjoying the winter snow, the tramping, scenery and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family was visiting our hometown of New Zealand, and we were staying with some friends in Wellington. For a little thrill, we decided to head out to Mt Ruapehu for a day of skiing. It was by far the best day of our trip,...More

Thank TravelAddix13
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Comemrcial Manager - Whakapapa Ski Area at Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for your fantastic review. We are really excited that you had such a great time during your visit here, as the pinnacle of Tongariro National Park, we think Mt Ruapehu is the jewel in the North Island's crown, and we're delighted...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been here a number of times and each time we get a little smarter (or sometimes not). We generally hire our gear about 30km away in Turangi at the Turangi Ski and Hire place which is always quick, efficient, friendly and trusting. We had...More

Thank HypnoWarrior
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Commercial Manager-Whakapapa Ski Area at Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for your complimentary review. You are right, there are some great areas to stop off and have a great time in the snow with friends and family. We hope to see you back at Mt Ruapehu again in the future. Maybe a...More

Reviewed 2 July 2017

Great place to go and have fun with family&friends, the staff are very friendly and helpful. Amazing views and great fun at happy valley. enjoyMore

1  Thank Dana L
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Commercial Manager - Whakapapa Ski Area at Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Dana, Thank you for your positive review. Happy Valley is certainly a jewel in the crown of Whakapapa and our team have been working really hard to ensure a great experience for all of our guests, I am pleased to know that you had...More

Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

This majestic mountain is nature in all its glory... We are a family of 3 and the price was $100 NZ for a sightseeing chairlift... it's so worth... last ride 3:30pm... the restaurant only serve food until 3pm... we got at the top 3:07pm.. we...More

Thank Nilma C
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Commercial Manager - Whakapapa Ski Area at Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Nilma, Thank you for your positive review. I agree, the trip to Knoll Ridge Cafe is well worth it, the majestic views both on the chairlifts or from the cafe at 2020m are well worth the trip. With views like that, coffee even tastes...More

Reviewed 13 June 2017

Mount Ruapehu is impressive especially when shrouded in low lying cloud. I was amazed at the different landscapes appearing out of the car window. One minute looking at green distant hills, next desolate plains covered in low shrubs, waterfalls and then dark volcanic rock and...More

Thank Cherylne
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Commercial Manager - Whakapapa Ski Area at Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Cherylne, Thank you for your positive review. We also love the way Mt Ruapehu changes with the different weather patterns and cloud formations, making the view and experience different every time. We never get tired of looking up at the mountain or out to...More

Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

One day after the Tongariro crossing we went (a bit too late) to this mountain. The drive up and the two chairlift need time. As they did renovation work on the upper t-bar we had to make a deviation and lost the path. So we...More

Thank Catalina M
Reviewed 10 June 2017

This was my first time to Mt Ruapehu - going up on the chair lift was a great view as there it was slightly foggy and the mount looked nice covered in snow! I went during early June, which isn't heavy snow/winter season however it...More

Thank miss_ash20
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Ruapehu has many hats. Of course it is central to the Tongario Crossing,and its ski field. This mountain rising out of the central plateau is an amazing sight on a fine day. If you are not a skier its worth taking a sightseeing chair lift...More

Thank watts-up
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dpjones73
13 June 2017|
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Response from RuapehuAlpineLifts | Property representative |
Happy Valley beginners area opened on the 3rd June. Further facilities are all snow dependant. Keep an eye on the mtruapehu website for further details and updates. Thanks The Mt Ruapehu Team
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jaimies625
29 April 2017|
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Response from Rod P | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Jaimies625, I travelled to the Mountain via 'Ski-lift' last March. Whilst I didn't undertake the crater climb, I can certainly let you know that it was quite chilly the higher we went, and the terrain is very rocky... More
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