Helpful resort information to assist planning your trip to Whakapapa.
- Season opens3 Jun 2022
- Season closes24 Oct 2022
- Restaurants | Bars4 | —
- Nearest Airport Taupo
- Nearest Train Station National Park Village
- Tourist Office Website
- Tourist Office Phone+6478924000
The terrain at Whakapapa includes::
- Terrain Parks2
- Ski Hire—
What's it like at Whakapapa resort?
Whakapapa (New Zealand's largest ski area since joining with Turoa Ski Resort) is part of Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's oldest National Park and a World Heritage area. Whakapapa is operated under a license issued by the Department of Conservation and is owned and run by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Ltd. There are 43 trails at Whakapapa with terrain for all ability levels, including off-piste expert terrain. The ski area can be broken into three: Happy Valley (a self contained beginners area), the east side (where the majority of lifts and services are located) and the west side (highlighted by the lift accessed back-country terrain). The nearest airport to Whakapapa is in Wellington.
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Explore Whakapapa Location Map
Interactive Whakapapa 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.
Whakapapa Live Weather
|Resort||Snow Depth||Temp. (°C)||Wind (km/h)||Weather|
|Top Lift:||0.7 m|
|Bottom Lift:||0.11 m|
When's the snowiest month to visit Whakapapa?
What's the snow currently like in Whakapapa?
A summary of the current snow conditions in Whakapapa. View more information on the Whakapapa detailed snow report page.
- Piste ConditionSpring snow
- Off-piste Condition—
|Upper snow depth:||70 cm|
|Lower snow depth:||11 cm|
Visitor Reviews of Whakapapa
April from New Zealand writes:
Ruapehu is a volcano which means it has wicked terrain, Whakapapa on the south side is awesome.
There is loads of off-trail terrain to explore with plenty of fun and interesting on-trail runs.
It is also a great spot for learning. Happy Valley on the lower mountain is great for doing so and there's sometimes a slightly more advanced beginner area on the upper mountain near the top cafe. They also sometimes have a park set up next to a T-bar.
It is a tricky maunga (mountain) to plan for as the weather can change at any time. It's best to stay in the area for a week or plan trips last minute (literally the night before) to score epic days.
Resorts close to Whakapapa
Discover ski resorts near Whakapapa. Click below to view there ski resort guides.
- Latest WebcamTukinoLast snow: 4 cm Fri 23 SepLifts: 2Trails: —8 km away
- TuroaLast snow: 4 cm Fri 23 SepLifts: 9Trails: 439 km away
- ManganuiLast snow: 4 cm Wed 14 SepLifts: 4Trails: 10126 km away
- RainbowLast snow: 14 cm Wed 21 SepLifts: 5Trails: 9372 km away
- Mount LyfordLast snow: 2 cm Thu 22 SepLifts: 6Trails: —410 km away