Whakapapa

On the North-Western slopes of Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa is New Zealand’s largest developed ski area and has every facility you could ask for - including (on a clear day) spectacular views across the central North Island.

Within the 600 (excluding Turoa) acre boundary, there are a myriad of options and well groomed terrain that caters for beginners in the renowned world class Happy Valley right through to advanced skiers out to challenge their limits on the many steep faces, slopes and gullies. There are plenty of marked trails but the off piste skiing at Whakapapa is superb.

Scheduled season dates: 2017 TBA

 
Elevation 

2,300m 

 
Vertical rise 

675m 

 
Ski terrain

1,359 acres (includes Turoa ski field)

 
Beginner

25%

 
Intermediate

50%

 
Advanced

25%

 
Lifts

2 quad
5 double chairlifts
4 T-bars
2 platters
1 learners carpet conveyor
1 learners rope tow

 
Longest run

2.8km

 
Facilities

6 cafés including 2 licensed cafés
Retail Shop (Vertical Retail)
Accident and Medical Centre
Rentals (skis, snowboards, boots and poles, clothing)
Snow school (95 instructors)
On-mountain accommodation (club lodges only)

 
Children

Children from aged 6 to 16 years are supervised in a variety of programmes from Kids Holiday Programmes for beginners to advanced, to Kids Weekend Programmes - Flyers, Warriors and Mountain Madness

 
Recommended accommodation

The Park Travellers Lodge (National Park Village)
Skotel Alpine Resort (Whakapapa Village)

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