Ski & snowboard

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.

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 Cafe 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 Taupō town.

There are daily shuttles and private-hire transport options to the mountain direct from Turangi and Taupō town. You can sort all your gear and passes at the Mt Ruapehu Snow HQ in Taupō town.

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    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.

  • Ski & snowboard

    Whakapapa Ski Area

    Whakapapa Ski Area is New Zealand’s largest ski area with over 65 trails to discover, ranging from beginner and intermediate to extreme.

  • 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.

  • Bus/Coach Transport

    Mt Ruapehu Snow Shuttle

    New to Mt Ruapehu? or seasoned veteran? Looking for a no fuss, hassle free option for getting to the mountain? Skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or sightseeing? Travel with Taupo's most experienced transport provider

    $49
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    Snowscene Ski and Board

    Welcome to Snowscene Ski and Board! We are a ski and board rental and retail shop based a few minutes outside of Turangi - in Tokaanu, and have been serving skiers since 1981.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Ski & snowboard

    Mt Ruapehu Snow Shuttle

    Grab a shuttle from Taupō or Turangi daily & we'll drop you off right at the base of the Whakapapa ski area ready to hit the slopes.

  • Ski & snowboard

    Turoa Ski Area

    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.

  • Ski & snowboard

    Knoll Ridge Café

    The Knoll Ridge Café on Whakapapa Ski Area is New Zealand’s highest café. If you’re not skiing or boarding, you can access the Knoll Ridge Café via a brand new $25 million gondola which opens on 1 June, 2019.

  • 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 Snow Park.

  • Skiing

    Tokaanu Ski and Snowboard Rental

    Tokaanu Ski and Board (turangi) is your #1 destination for skiing, snowboarding and snowplay equipment. Wanting to have a epic time up the mountain? We have ALL the gear you need to get your snow adventure sorted! Visit us today!

    $20 - $100
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    Turangi Ski

    Sue and Wendy welcome you to Turangi Ski. We hire snow sport equipment and accessories.

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