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.
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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.
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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:—
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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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