Ski New Zealand

Whakapapa Ski Resort Guide

Ski New Zealand

Whakapapa Ski Resort Guide

Whakapapa Ski Resort Guide

Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand, Whakapapa photo


Photo credit: s_vanbodegraven

Whakapapa Sunset photo


Photo credit: Sarah Milicich

Meads Wall Vista, Whakapapa photo


Photo credit: Jenny Muir

Slope Stats

  • 2300m

  • 675m

  • 1625m

  • Acres of ski:1100
  • Pistes:30
  • Snowmaking:10%
  • Halfpipes:1
  • Terrain Parks:2
  • X-Country:-
  • beginner30%
  • intermediate45%
  • advanced25%

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.


  • Nearest Airport:Taupo
  • Nearest Train Station:National Park Village
  • Tourist Office Phone:+6478924000
  • Tourist Office Website:
  • Slopeside accommodation:-
  •   4
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  • Season opens:1 Jun 2019
  • Season closes:20 Oct 2019
  • Lifts:14 ( 7 chair lifts, 7 surface lifts )
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Information supplied 16 Aug 2015

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  • Issued:12 Apr
  • Last Snowfall:12 April 2019
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  • Off-piste:-

Today’s Weather (1962 m)view full snow forecast

15 NW15
5 °CF-Level
20 NW20
5 °CF-Level
rain showers
25 NW25
4 °CF-Level

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Visitor Reviews of Whakapapa

Carien from New Zealand writes:

What a rip off! We love skiing, but not that much. We went there last Saturday, and were really looking forward it. Took 2 hours just to get up the mountain ($50 family of 4) was free last year when showing your pass going down. We tried to get a lift pass and had someone help who can’t speak or understand English. Once in, what a shock! 4 toilets each men/women for thousands of people. Filthy and smelly. The cafe did not have enough food available at any given time for the demand. People were sitting on the staircase because they can not handle that many. We had to stand whilst eating. Overpriced food. By now someone should have noticed the problems and fixed it since they are ripping off visitors. My first ever review and I just had to let everyone know what to expect. We will definitely not be going there again.

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