Helpful resort information to assist planning your trip to Whakapapa.
- Season opens3 Jul 2020
- Season closes26 Oct 2020
- 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.
Latest photos from Whakapapa. View all photos at the Whakapapa gallery page.
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.
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 Condition:Packed powder or groomed snow
- Off-piste Condition:—
|Upper snow depth:||135 cm|
|Lower snow depth:||49 cm|
Visitor Reviews of Whakapapa
Bayley from New Zealand writes:
This mountain is one of a kind with the funniest people that arrive to the awesome terrain that can turn on.
This mountain is highly demanding but from skiing in other countries I must say I have had some of the best snow of all time, understanding where the snow is coming from is very key to skiing dry and rewarding pow.
Both sides of Ruapehu needs to be skied to sunlight / snow direction / wind direction and of course not following the crowds, if all align I can ensure you one of a kind skiing experience.
If you are skiing to experience the goods, try and ski with groups and with transceivers, Pinnacles can turn on early morning or arvo.
Enjoy and take the experience in.
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