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:-
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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:17 Jan
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15 WSW15
11 °CF-Level
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20 WSW20
12 °CF-Level
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13 °CF-Level

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Visitor Reviews of Whakapapa

Paul from New Zealand writes:

An absolutely outstanding season! Best in many years. Staff were excellent. Went to Turoa twice this year; great terrain but way more icy than Whakapapa. Spent most time at Whakapapa. Black Magic was awesome, it was even wicked on the second last day of the season.

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