Mt Ruapehu is New Zealand’s largest skiing area, fours hours drive from either Auckland or Wellington. It is located inside Tongariro National Park, a dual world heritage site. Mt Ruapehu has two of the largest Ski Areas, Turoa and Whakapapa as well as the highest lift access and the longest vertical drop in Australasia. Turoa is the highest ski area in New Zealand. There are a total of ten lifts on the mountain giving access to 500 ha of guarded terrain; these are one 6-seater, two quads, two triples, one T-bar, three platters and one carpet lift.
Facilities offered here include 3 main off-piste areas and a 4 km run, gentle slope for beginners, Snow-filled bowls & steep chutes for intermediate and experienced skiers and boarders.
Your lift passes are valid at both Whakapapa and Turoa.
During the summertime you and your family can even take the chairlift rides and guided tour that are available to Ruapehus magnificent Crater Lake. The guided tours depart daily (weather permitting) at 9:15am. Along the guided tours you will learn about the eruptive history of Mount Ruapehu and be able to see what remains of the volcano’s most recent eruption that occurred on June 1996.
At Turoa Ski Area, you can enjoy the brand new high speeds express chairlift that opened in 2007. It can seat six people with the biggest uphill capacity in Australasia. The huge 1.4 km express chairlift can carry more than 3,200 people every hour, and has a speed of 5 metres per second. This means less time travelling up the mountain on more time to enjoy on the snow.
In addition to the express chairlift, Turoa has a snowmaking system that’s been tripled in size meaning a massive increase in snowmaking capacity guaranteed to give Turoa the best snow coverage, up to 1950m, from very early in the season.
Food and Beverages is available on the filed including Turoa’s new 400 seat Alpine Café and expanded Retail complex offering customers a comprehensive on the mountain dining and retail experience.
Highest Point: 2322 metres
Vertical Point: 722 metres
Skiable Area: 500 hectares
Number of Lifts
One 6-seater, two quads, two triples, one T-bar, three platters and one carpet lift.
Adult $83, Child (5-18yrs) $48
Adult $52, Child (5-18yrs) $30
Multi Day (2 day)
Adult $163, Child (5-18yrs) $94
Multi Day (3 day)
Adult $243, Child (5-18yrs) $140
Equipment can be hired here including boots, snowboards, poles, skis, helmets and outerwear.
Including lift, lesson and rental:
Beginners ski and board
Child (5-18yrs) $60
Intermediate ski and board
Child (5-18yrs) $70
Beginner to competent skier or boarder (3 day multi-day pass)
Child (5-18yrs) $239
3 main off-piste areas
4 km run
gentle slope for beginners
steep chutes for intermediate and experienced skiers and boarders.
new 400 seat Alpine Café
expanded Retail complex
dedicated area for sliders to enjoy to tobogganing
lessons – 80 instructors offer a range of programs from beginner to advanced for skiers and boarder.