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Mt Ruapehu ski areas - Whakapapa and Turoa - set to open on 1st July 2020, subject to ski conditions. Find out more here.
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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Turoa Ski Area lies on the southwestern slopes of Mount Ruapehu. It has the longest vertical descent of any ski area in Australasia and also boasts New Zealand’s highest chairlift - the Highnoon Express.
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.
Take the hassle out of getting to the snow with daily mountain transport from Taupo town and Turangi to Whakapapa (return) with Adventure HQ.
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.
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