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Reviews for Whakapapa

Read skier and snowboarder-submitted reviews on Whakapapa that rank the ski resort and mountain town on a scale of one to five stars for attributes such as terrain, nightlife and family friendliness. See how Whakapapa stacks up in the reviews, on and off the slopes, from skiing and family activities to the après scene. Read up on pros, cons and other comments in reviews left by fellow skiers and riders. Don't forget to submit your own Whakapapa review! Scroll to the bottom of this page to let other travelers know about your skiing and resort experience. For more destination information, click Add to Compare to see a side-by-side comparison of Whakapapa vs. other ski resorts (up to 10 total).

by: iceyblast01 - 9th June 2009

  • 5
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  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 1Aprés Ski
  • 2Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Good Terrain, Cheap. Off Piste wicked!
Non-Profit Mountain, Fair ontrail

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Lots of off piste skiing! Pretty cheap! Not to crowded once I was out away from the main lifts. Lifts which go from blue runs; Happy valley, to expert: Back Stage. I love going off piste and this is perfect. Unristriced unless high risk. Wicked Mountain! Active Volcano!hehe on its good days its def leave you craving for more. Best Conditions: End July - Mid Setember Lifts:2-4 Seaters, Lots T-Bar, One beginner area Tow rope Non Profit Mountain so don't expect perfection If your a expert skier then this is your mountain. Its got lots to play on, natural bowls, windblown pockets of POW! Cliff drops, pinnacles range, glaciar, volacnic crater lake and hikes! One main area for beginners but intermediate level is probaly more suitable for majority of runs. Conditions should be compared to Whistler Blackcomb in a way, heavy wet snow. With NZ sitting smack bang out in the ocean by itself really high water content. No trees on this mounatain so when its windy, day to pass on . Its NOT in a Alps like reigon, all alone in the middle of the island. Expect rain, fog, wind, scotland like weather every so often. Whakapapa has many cafes with all budgets catered for. Also a pretty good shop with ski equipment, appeal. Rentals a widely avaliable on mountain, on route and near by accomdation and ski shops. *Close by Ski areas- Turoa and Tukino. Turoa on the southern side of the mountain is operated by RAL aswell, more trail based runs but terrain not as challenging. Ski areas are not linkedby lift so requires 30-40min drive. Tukino ski area is very small and hard to acess. It is the eastern? side/slope of Mt Ruapehu and is a club orintated field with tow ropes.

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  • iceyblast01 (9th June 2009)

    Lots of off piste skiing! Pretty cheap! Not to crowded once I was out away from the main lifts. Lifts which go...

  • anonymous_user (11th July 2008)

    I started ski-ing at Whakapapa a couple of years ago. I am a NZer from the South Island (Queenstown) and have skied...

  • anonymous_user (8th November 2007)

    Went to NZ last year and skied this mountain and most of the South Island...The facilities and terrain are poor,second rate and...

  • anonymous_user (19th September 2007)

    ;'s>?SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSs yea it was good

  • downunder (9th June 2007)

    Whakapapa sits on the opposite side to Turoa on Mt Ruapehu, an active volcano in the centre of New Zealand's North Island....

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