Whakapapa Ski Area

Tongariro National Park

Whakapapa is one of NZ's largest ski areas & boasts the country's premier beginner facility Happy Valley along with vast intermediate and advanced trails. Explore everything from cruisy groomers to exhilarating chutes, bumps & drops, made all the more exciting by the natural volcanic terrain.

Centrally located in the North Island of New Zealand, Whakapapa Ski Area is the best place to spend your winter snow holiday.

Whether you’re just interested in snow play, starting out skiing or snowboarding or you’re looking for a new challenge, Whakapapa Ski Area has the terrain and snow conditions to cater for everyone.

Happy Valley

Whakapapa Ski Area is home to Happy Valley, New Zealand's premier beginner ski and snow play area. Here you can spend the day experiencing the best that a family winter holiday has to offer with ski and snowboard lessons, sledding, tossing snowballs and building snowmen!

Intermediate and Advanced Skiing

For intermediate skiers, there are snow filled basins, steep chutes and wide open slopes to enjoy. There are also well over 24 black and double black diamond runs to satisfy the extreme skier and snowboarders. 

New Zealand's Highest Cafe - Knoll Ridge Chalet

Situated at 2,020m above sea level, Whakapapa Ski Area's Knoll Ridge Chalet is New Zealand’s highest cafe. Here you will find great coffee, tasty treats and incredible views overlooking the Pinnacles and out over the Central Plateau. The Knoll Ridge Chalet is accessible to sightseers via Sky Waka Gondola.

+64 7 892 4000
Physical address:
Top of Bruce Road
Mt Ruapehu
Tongariro National Park
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