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Whakapapa Skiing

Season Start/End: 9/7 - 24/10
1630m - 2300m
25%| 50%| 20%| 5%
Lift Tickets
from NZD42.00 to NZD95.00
Complete list of prices
Mt Ruapehu New Zealand in winter

Whakapapa is situated upon the north-western slopes of Mt. Ruapehu located on New Zealand’s North Island. The ski field is known for being the largest in New Zealand and for being located atop an active volcano. Whakapapa has terrain for all ability types and is accompanied by amazing views.

The ski field is operated by Ruapehu Ski Lifts and a lift ticket also grants visitors access to neighboring resort Turoa. Whakapapa Ski Area is a great resort for families, beginners and the more adventurous skier or snowboarder. The ski season at Whakapapa usually starts in late June and runs through the end of October.

Mt Ruapehu New Zealand in winter

Like most New Zealand ski fields, Whakapapa is above treeline and provides visitors with wide open runs and expansive terrain. The ski area is naturally divided by an ancient lava field.

Beginners have multiple options within the Happy Valley area. Happy Valley is a separate beginner’s area set aside from the rest of the resort.

Intermediate skiers and riders are at home with multiple wide open groomers. For the expert, check out some of the black runs just left of the Amphitheatre.

Backcountry skiers will find an abundance of off–piste terrain, chutes, cliffs, and steep runs in the Black Magic backcountry area. 

Mt Ruapehu New Zealand in winter

Whakapapa is an updated, modern resort with great facilities and services. The ski area has a ski and snowboard school, child care, ski hire and a variety of restaurants. 


  • 2300m
  • 670m
    Vertical Drop
  • 1630m


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  • Skiable Terrain

    550 ha

Important Dates

  • Projected Opening: 09/07/2017
  • Projected Closing: 24/10/2016
  • Years Open: 17

Whakapapa Reviews

  • iceyblast01

    • 5
    9th June 2009

    Full review

      Lots of off piste skiing! Pretty cheap! Not to crowded once I was out away from the main lifts. Lifts which go...
  • anonymous_user

    • 4
    11th July 2008

    Full review

      I started ski-ing at Whakapapa a couple of years ago. I am a NZer from the South Island (Queenstown) and have skied...

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Tourist Office

  • Whakapapa

    Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Ltd. Privat Bag

    Mount Ruapehu

    New Zealand

    Phone: 64-07-892-3738



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