Mt Ruapehu (Turoa - Whakapapa)

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Mt Ruapehu located on New Zealand’s North Island is home to the Whakapapa (pronounced fukka puppa – yes we know) and Turoa ski areas. Although both are separate areas, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts operates both ski areas and guests can access both with the same lift ticket. The Whakapapa Ski Area is located on the northern slopes of Mt Ruapehu and Turoa is located on the southern slopes. Both are the only ski areas on the North Island. Mt. Ruapehu is an active volcano. So, whichever area you ski on, you will be able to say that you skied or snowboarded on a volcano.

Mt Ruapehu


Whakapapa is approximately a 4.5 hour drive from Auckland or Wellington. It is known for being the largest ski area in New Zealand with 66 trails. Whakapapa has terrain for all ability types and has some gorgeous views and ample snow. Like most New Zealand ski fields, Whakapapa is above tree line and riders will find wide open runs and expansive terrain suitable for all levels. For those seeking a little adventure, you will find plenty of off–piste terrain, chutes, cliffs, and steep runs. There are 14 lifts, including two quads and five doubles. Also, there is a terrain park and halfpipe. Whakapapa is a modern resort with great facilities and services. There is a ski/snowboard school, ski rental, and various restaurants. Accommodations at the mountain are limited. There are members-only ski lodges at the base. Otherwise, you’ll need to stay in the Whakapapa village or National Park Village. Note that the mountains can get busy at times.


Turoa has many similar qualities like Whakapapa. It is approximately the same distance from Auckland, sits on an active volcano, fantastic views, and it sits above tree line. It is smaller with 43 trails but you will find plenty of open groomed runs, steep chutes, natural half pipes, and cliffs. There is also 4 km run. Turoa has 8 modern lifts. Turoa has no real accommodation on the mountain itself. You’ll need to go to Ohakune and the Turoa Alpine Village about 30 minutes from Turoa. Note that the access road is 17 kms long and narrow making it a difficult drive.

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Mountain Profile

Top Elevation

Top Elevation: 7616

Base Elevation

Base Elevation: 5248

Vertical Drop

Beginner: 5

Total Runs

Total Runs: 109


Intermediate: 51

Skiable Terrain

Skiable Terrain: 3444


Advanced: 32

Terrain Parks

Terrain Parks: 0


Expert: 12

Night Skiing

Night Skiing: No


Trail Map

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Map(s) provided by Skimap.Org

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