1. Spring skiing
The ski fields on Mt Ruapehu stay open later than anywhere else in Australasia, with Whakapapa open to the end of October. The superb, slightly softened snow conditions are perfect for learners and kids, and the uncrowded slopes mean you'll find fresh trails well into the afternoon.
And if you're not skiing, sightseers can travel on the impressive Sky Waka gondola (open year-round) high above Whakapapa Ski Area, to the Knoll Ridge Chalet. Perched on the edge of Mt Ruapehu, the views are nothing short of spectacular.