Whakapapa Ski Area

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Whakapapa Ski Area

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Whakapapa Ski Area, Mt Ruapehu

Many kiwis discovered their first love of snow at Whakapapa’s premier learner facility, Happy Valley, while more advanced skiers and riders hone their skills, exploring 550 hectares complete with cruisy groomers, exhilarating chutes, and remnants of old crater rims, on their descent from 2320m. Whakapapa is also home to the Sky Waka gondola, New Zealand’s longest gondola which takes guests on a 1.8km journey up to 2020m above sea level. It offers panoramic views out across the Tongariro National Park and delivers guests to the architecturally award-winning Knoll Ridge Chalet, the highest year-round eatery in New Zealand.

Our operations on Mt Ruapehu are at mercy of the elements, and the climatic effects of being atop the North Island’s peak, unprotected from any direction, add a sense of drama but also magic to our slopes.  The terrain is naturally formed by volcanic terrain, making it vast and diverse, and better flowing. Made by nature, enhanced by our expert team. This guarantees variety, creativity, and excitement. Pick your line, 20 different ways, there is no chance to get bored.


Summit: 7,546 ft
Vertical: 2,198 ft
Base: 5,348 ft

Terrain Difficulty

Annual Snowfall

Skiable Acres

Membership Details

3 FREE days with a qualified season pass to any Powder Alliance Resort.
  • Tickets are FREE 7 Days A Week, NO RESTRICTIONS.
  • Tickets are non-transferable and must be used by pass holder only.
  • Offer valid for 22/23 unrestricted pass holders from participating Powder Alliance Resorts only.

Ticket Pickup Details

Trail Map

Check out Whakapapa's 1,359 acres, 2,198 vertical feet, 28 trails and 5 lifts. Explore everything from cruisy groomers to exhilarating chutes, bumps & drops, made all the more exciting by the natural volcanic terrain.


Check out live webcams to see current conditions around the mountain.

Dining At Whakapapa Ski Area

Satisfy your appetite with a snack or simply sip on a beverage while enjoying breathtaking views. Whakapapa has a range of delicious eateries to accommodate a taste for everyone.

Lodging Near Whakapapa Ski Area

Located in the central North Island, an easy drive from the main centres of Auckland (5-hour drive) and Wellington (4-hour drive), getting far away and exploring Mt Ruapehu’s unique volcanic terrain, is closer than you think. Neighbouring towns of National Park and Ohakune (25-minutes' drive from Whakapapa and Tūroa, respectively), and the larger town, Taupō (1 hr 30 minutes drive north from Whakapapa), provide a great day base to explore from.

Lots of off piste skiing! Pretty cheap! Not to crowded once I was out away from the main lifts. I love going off piste and this is perfect.

Merrin O'Brien

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