Ski and ride in the heart of New Zealand's North Island at two epic ski areas - Whakapapa and Turoa - spanning 1050 hectares. Terrain is formed by solidified lava, with snow settling from June through to October, filling in natural gullies and rocky crevasses. Long, gentle slopes, and premier beginner facilities entice first timers to the maunga (mountain), affording them space to get the hang of turning and stopping at their own pace. More advanced skiers and riders rejoice in accessible free ride terrain, with natural bowls, and wind lips, with a vast number of cliffs and shoots.

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Whakapapa Faqs

Where is Whakapapa located?

It is located on the northwestern slopes of Mount Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park, on the North Island of New Zealand and approximately 5-hour drive from Aukland

When is the ski/ snowboarding season at Whakapapa?

Is snow real in Whakapapa?

How do I get there?

What accommodation options are available?

Are there ski and snowboard lessons available?

Can I rent ski and snowboard equipment?

Can I purchase passes in advance?

Are there events and competition at Whakapapa?

Are there child-friendly facilities and childcare services available?