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Related Regions: New Zealand, Manawatu-Wanganui, Oceania, Southern Hemisphere

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.

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Elevation

  • 7546ft
    Summit
  • 2198ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 5348ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 2
  • 0
  • 5
  • 8
  • 15
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    25%

  • Intermediate Runs

    50%

  • Advanced Runs

    20%

  • Expert Runs

    5%

  • Runs

    43

  • Terrain Parks

    1

  • Skiable Terrain

    1359 ac

More Info

Like most New Zealand ski fields, Whakapapa is above treeline and provides visitors with wide open runs and expansive terrain. The ski area is naturally divided by an ancient lava field.

Beginners have multiple options within the Happy Valley area. Happy Valley is a separate beginner’s area set aside from the rest of the resort.

Intermediate skiers and riders are at home with multiple wide open groomers. For the expert, check out some of the black runs just left of the Amphitheatre.

Backcountry skiers will find an abundance of off–piste terrain, chutes, cliffs, and steep runs in the Black Magic backcountry area. 

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. 

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing06/15/201910/21/2019
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Whakapapa Reviews

iceyblast01
9th June 20095
Lots of off piste skiing! Pretty cheap! Not to crowded once I was out away from the main lifts. Lifts which go...Full review
anonymous_user
11th July 20084
I started ski-ing at Whakapapa a couple of years ago. I am a NZer from the South Island (Queenstown) and have skied...Full review
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Contact Info

  • Whakapapa

    Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Ltd. Privat Bag

    Mount Ruapehu

    New Zealand


    Phone: 64-07-892-3738

    snow@whakapapa.co.nz

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