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Whakapapa Ski Resort Guide

Ski New Zealand

Whakapapa Ski Resort Guide

Whakapapa Ski Resort Guide

Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand, Whakapapa photo


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Whakapapa Sunset photo


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Meads Wall Vista, Whakapapa photo


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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
  •   -


  • Season opens:1 Jun 2019
  • Season closes:10 Nov 2019
  • Lifts:14 ( 7 chair lifts, 7 surface lifts )
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Information supplied 16 Aug 2015

Latest Snow Reportview full snow report

  • Issued:21 Oct
  • Last Snowfall:21 October 2019
  • Snow Depth (upper):
  • Snow Depth (lower):
  • Piste:Spring snow
  • Off-piste:-

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

snow showers
55 WSW55
-1 °CF-Level
snow showers
35 W35
-1 °CF-Level
moderate snow
70 WNW70
-1 °CF-Level

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Visitor Reviews of Whakapapa

Malman from New Zealand writes:

A great mt when weather gods play well with excellent terrain. Challenging mountain, challenging to get lifts going. 2019 has seen storms lasting nearly three weeks in August; from a base of a 1 meter to now 2.5m. Tragically, after a week no progress with getting a large area of mt open. At west T-bar and chair end result = extreme crowding. Meanwhile, over at Turoa main lift is yet to open for another year- six seater express. Pretty disappointing if you were a season pass holder. Pick your days very carefully if going, it can be good if it all lines up!

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