- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 4
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 3
- Nightlife 4
Date Visited: Jun 9, 2007
Turoa ski area sits on the active volcano of Mt Ruapehu in the middle of New Zealand's South Island. It's a four hour drive from Auckland or Wellington airport and two hours from Palmerston North or Taupo airports.
This season the resort opens it's new six seater high speed chair over 1.4kms long and a schmick new on mountain cafe and retail outlet. Turoa is south facing with over five hundred hectares of terrain and plenty of back country. It's above the tree line and has glacial skiing.
Ruapehu gets an average four metres a season, the most in New Zealand resorts and has the longest season, often open until November. Whakapapa ski field is on the other side of the mountain and you can ski both on the one lift ticket.
All skiing and boarding is above the tree line and the resort has the most vertical in Australasia, over 722metres. It's a good all mountain resort with an easy bitumen access road a short drive from town.
The downside is it's exposed position means the mountain can sometimes close for days at a time. When the weather clears this mountain is truly one of, if not the best in New Zealand.
The town of Ohakune sits at the base and is home to Thames Street, a short strip of bars and restaurants to keep you well satiated and entertained with a mix of pubs, bars and clubs.Lodgings go from motel to ski lodge and hotel style.