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Whakapapa Ski Area

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Address: Ohakune Mountain Rd | Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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USD 25.17*
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Mt Ruapehu Scenic Chairlift Ride
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Ski area

At the time of our visit the area had no snow but it looks like a fun place to visit once they have snow as all facilities are available for skiers Fro cable lifts to restaurants

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took the chairlift to the top and then hiked the Sky Walk to the rest of the way up from the cafe. The view was awesome. For Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans this is a must do!, as you get a fantastic view of what was Mt. Doom in the movies.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At the time of our visit the area had no snow but it looks like a fun place to visit once they have snow as all facilities are available for skiers Fro cable lifts to restaurants

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Wenatchee, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rode the chairlift to the top. Spent about an hour there. Beautiful day, and gorgeous views all around.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A ski area that is popular with people from the North Island but is not as good as the best South Island ski places. 10 or so chairlifts and T bars, good views, OK cafes, but unreliable weather.

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Horrabridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Greatchairlift to sweep you up mountain, we got for 15 dollars per person but think there may be deals.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

A great walk from the top of the chair lift. The cost was a little expensive at $30 per adult. Although it's free to catch it down. The walk up was a mixture of walking on volcanic rock and snow. But the view at the top was totally worth it. Took about 1.5 to walk up. There are no marked... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

We had a sudden break in the weather that had pinned us down below 1000 mtrs all week so we took the opportunity to visit Mr Ruapehu and go up to the top. Is turned out to be sunny but still very chilly at the top with a very strong gust wind which blew the lifts around. The operator at... More 

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New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Knoll Ridge Cafe at the top of the mountain was excellent. Views spectacular, staff all friendly and helpful. Hot chocolate and cakes really good, and the rest of the food looked awesome as well!

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We took the summer ski lift to the top and at lunch. It's about a 10 minute ride on two ski lifts. There is still snow at the top that you can play in. Beautiful view of the valley below. You see some waterfalls. Some Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed here. Great views of Mt Doom going up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

As we visited in March, we did not see any snow so i found it very interesting to see what the consistency of the ski base was. We were going to take teh gondola up to Mt Ruapehu with the intent on doing the trek around Mt Ruapehu, but the clouds closed in quickly and the forecast was for thunder... More 

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