Turoa Resort Guide

The Turoa resort summary is: Turoa has 9 lifts within its 404 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for all levels, including terrain park enthusiasts. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 720m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 43 trail at Turoa.


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Turoa Resort Guide

The Turoa resort summary is: Turoa has 9 lifts within its 404 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for all levels, including terrain park enthusiasts. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 720m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 43 trail at Turoa.

Vertical:

Top: 2322m
Arrow
720m
Bot: 1602m

Best for:

Advanced level skier
Intermediates/
Advanced

Trails:

43
25%
50%
25%

Hectares of Ski:

404
Snowmaking:Yes

Turoa Lifts:

  • drag lift icon4
  • ski lift icon5
  • cablecar icon
Total lifts = 9
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Turoa Resort GuidePhoto credit: snowfore1

Visiting Turoa

Helpful resort information to assist planning your trip to Turoa.

  • Season opens
    3 Jul 2021
  • Season closes
    25 Oct 2021
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurants | Bars
    14 | 10
  • Nearest Airport
    Palmerston North
  • Nearest Train Station
    Ohakune
  • Tourist Office Website
  • Tourist Office Phone
    +643858456

Turoa Features

The terrain at Turoa includes::

  • Halfpipes
    1
  • Terrain Parks
    3
  • X-Country
  • Ski Hire

What's it like at Turoa resort?

Rising head and shoulders above the central North Island, Turoa boasts the largest vertical drop in Australasia; no wonder they call Turoa "The Giant". The south facing slope can get dry powder during the season, making Turoa a perfect alpine playground for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. After a day of challenging yourself on some of the runs, finding the secret powder stashes, and going big in the natural half pipe, Turoa's visitors and locals head down the mountain to Ohakune to dine, relax and re-live the day's adventures.


Explore Turoa Location Map

Interactive Turoa trail map and piste map. View the piste and trails as well as the surrounding terrain and mountain contours for backcountry action. Find and compare nearby resorts by clicking on the resort markers.

Turoa Live Weather

ResortSnow DepthTemp. (°C)Wind (km/h)Weather
Top Lift: 1.9m
-3
10
part cloud
Middle Lift: 
-2
10
part cloud
Bottom Lift: 0.8m
-2
10
part cloud

When's the snowiest month to visit Turoa?

AugustAverage: 3.6 snow days per week
The snowiest week in Turoa is week 1 of August. There are typically 3.6 snowy days during this week with 28cm of snowfall. Check out the Turoa Snow History graphs below.


Visitor Reviews of Turoa

Overall: 3.6 Based on 44 votes and 38 reviews

  • Snowsure 3.7
  • Variety of pistes 4.1
  • Off-piste 3.8
  • Scenery 4.5
  • Apres-Ski 3.8
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Voight from Australia writes:

Being from Brisbane, Ruapehu has been our 'go to' mountain for the last 20 years. Breath-taking scenery. Wonderful Kiwi friends. Great hospitality. So easy to get to for us. Fly to Wellington (or Auckland), 2 hours. Drive to Ohakune, 4 hours. It used to be even better when we could fly direct to Palmie and drive for only 2 hours. Have skied the South Island. It's good and has some variety but Ruapehu beats it because the drive up the mountain (from Ohakune) is only 17 minutes. Can't beat that! On cruddy days, there are other activities. Spring is best for more stable weather.

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