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At Mt Ruapehu, you can enjoy the longest ski season in Australasia (June to October) on New Zealand's largest commercial ski fields. There’s brilliant skiing, snowboarding, sledding and snow play for everyone, from the littlest snow bunnies to serious athletes and adventurers.

There’s more room to ski at Whakapapa Ski Area, Turoa Ski Area and Tukino Ski Field than at all the commercial South Island ski fields put together.

Whakapapa Ski Area is New Zealand’s largest ski area with over 65 trails to discover, ranging from beginner and intermediate to extreme.  Whether you’re interested in snow play, having a coffee at New Zealand's highest cafe, 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.

Turoa Ski Area is a favourite with those who enjoy the space and freedom of its wide open bowls and chutes. Snowboarders will love the terrain park, and more advanced skiers and boarders will find long linking runs and access to backcountry areas from the top of Australasia’s highest chairlift.

Beginners can find their feet at the family-friendly Happy Valley learner’s area at Whakapapa or Turoa’s Alpine Meadow. More advanced skiers can head straight for the long runs and big open bowls of the back-country areas, accessible by chairlift.

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  • Walking & Hiking

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Snowshoeing Adventures

    Imagine yourself in a winter wonderland taking in panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Our Snowshoeing New Zealand packages are for virtually anyone, offering you the freedom to explore a pristine winter landscape you will never forget.

    $270 - $350 Book now
  • Ski & snowboard

    Tukino Ski Field

    Tukino Ski Field is a club-operated ski field located on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu. It is open to the public and operates just like a small commercial field.

  • Snowboarding

    Snowscene Ski and Board

    Welcome to Snowscene Ski and Board Turangi. We have been serving skis, boards and snow clothing to Whakapapa, Turoa and Tukino Skiers and boarders for over 35 years. Our shop holds an extensive range of gear for all ages and abilities

    $20 - $100
  • Sports & outdoors

    Gordon's Outdoor Equipment Taupō

    Gordon's Outdoor Equipment specialise in providing you with all the quality equipment you need for your outdoor adventure. Whether it be skiing, snowboarding, tramping, camping, nordic walking or just walking the dog, we would love to help you!

  • Sports & outdoors

    Mt Ruapehu Snow HQ

    Need rental equipment when staying or passing through Taupo? Snow HQ has what you need! Skip the queues and purchase your lift passes in town before you head to the mountain.

  • Activities and Tours

    Sky Waka gondola - Whakapapa

    Ride New Zealand's most advanced gondola, high above the UNESCO dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Journey over waterfalls and ancient lava flows and take in the majestic scenery of Mt Ruapehu and its neighbouring volcanoes, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.

    $49 - $169 Book now
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    Mt Ruapehu Snow Shuttle

    Hiking? Skiing or snowboarding? Sightseeing? Come and enjoy Mt Ruapehu in winter! Perfect for solo travelers, couples, families or small groups. Door to door premium service with the most experienced drivers. Less stress, no parking issues, more fun!

    $59 Book now
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    Cosy Kiwi Winter 12 Day Tour

    Experience a Kiwi winter wonderland with this 12 day New Zealand tour from favourite destinations such as Rotorua, Tongariro, Abel Tasman, Mount Cook National Park and Milford Sound, Queenstown and Hamner Springs!

    $7,890
  • Sports & outdoors

    Torpedo7

    Torpedo7 is New Zealand’s leading outdoor adventure sport multi-channel retailer, specialising in bike, snow, outdoor, watersports, moto and fishing gear. Shop in our Taupō store or buy online.

  • Ski & snowboard

    Happy Valley Beginner Ski Area

    Whakapapa Ski Area prides itself on having New Zealand’s biggest and best beginner ski, snowboard and snow play facility – Happy Valley.

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Apres ski, relax after a day of skiing or snowboarding

A fantastic range of apres-ski options are on offer too. Warm up with a coffee or hot chocolate while enjoying breathtaking views at New Zealand’s award-winning highest cafe, the Knoll Ridge Chalet at Whakapapa. Discover the Schuss Hauss at Whakapapa – a cosy refurbished ski chalet perfect for a beer and tasty Mexican food whilst enjoying live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy a mulled wine in front of a lodge fire, unwind weary muscles with a soak in a geothermal hot spring, or fuel up for the next day's adventure with a meal under the fairy lights of Taupo town.

Share memories from your day on the slopes at one of the regions bars. Pictured: Vine Eatery, Taupo town.

Getting to the mountain

Take the hassle out of getting to the snow with daily mountain transport from Taupo town and Turangi to Whakapapa (return). Get picked up straight from your accommodation with Adventure HQ or take the Mt Ruapehu snow shuttle, which also departs daily from the Snow Depot right in the heart of Taupo town.

Take the hassle out of getting to the snow with a mountain shuttle.

Where to stay

You have a choice of locations in which to base yourself as you explore the Central Plateau and North Island ski areas. Taupo, located just over an hour from Whakapapa, is a bustling lakeside resort town with excellent accommodation options, a buzzing cafe and restaurant scene and mountain shuttles operating daily throughout the winter season.

You might also wish to spend time closer to the mountain in the riverside settlement of Turangi - just 40-minutes from Whakapapa Ski Area and the gateway to the Tongariro National Park (daily mountain shuttles also operate from here).

Relax fireside at one of the regions many ski-ready accommodation providers. Pictured: Millennium Hotel & Resort, Taupo town

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