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Overview

Whakapapa is situated upon the north-western slopes of Mt. Ruapehu located on New Zealand’s North Island. The ski field is known for being the largest in New Zealand and for being located atop an active volcano. Whakapapa has terrain for all ability types and is accompanied by amazing views.

The ski field is operated by Ruapehu Ski Lifts and a lift ticket also grants visitors access to neighboring resort Turoa. Whakapapa Ski Area is a great resort for families, beginners and the more adventurous skier or snowboarder. The ski season at Whakapapa usually starts in late June and runs through the end of October.

Inside Scoop

Whakapapa is an updated, modern resort with great facilities and services. The ski area has a ski and snowboard school, child care, ski hire and a variety of restaurants. 

Plan Your Trip

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

37"
23"
15"
8"
4"
4"
Jun
21"
Jul
30"
Aug
16"
Sep
6"
Oct

Total Lifts: 8

Gondolas & Trams
1
High Speed Quads
1
Quad Chairs
1
Double Chairs
1
Surface Lifts
4

Elevation

Base
5348'
Summit
7546'
Vertical Drop
2198'

Important Dates

June 01, 20242024/06/01
Projected Opening
October 27, 20242024/10/27
Projected Closing
N.A.
Projected Days Open
114
Days Open Last Year
N.A.
Years Open
0"
Average Snowfall
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