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Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu

| Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
+64 7-892 4000
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Absolutely Blown Away!! (Summer Visit)

When we seen this could be visited in the Summer we were in two minds if we wanted to take the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Trina M
Ashburton, New Zealand
Amazing experience

Our 4 year old son has never seen real snow and so we decided to visit Whakapapa ski village. I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amy P
via mobile
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good32%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“happy valley” (46 reviews)
“chair lift” (23 reviews)
“school holidays” (10 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
| Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
+64 7-892 4000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When we seen this could be visited in the Summer we were in two minds if we wanted to take the drive from Taupo. WOW!! this was our highlight, I never imagined that we would see and experience such an amazing view, scenery etc. It...More

Thank Trina M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our 4 year old son has never seen real snow and so we decided to visit Whakapapa ski village. I knew there was a cafe with great views but I didn’t imagine we could still go up and see it in summer. We were at...More

Thank Amy P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the second time we have taken the trip up on the chairlift in summer and have enjoyed it both times. Chairlift and shop staff helpful and friendly, and the view from the top is amazing on a clear day. You can see for...More

Thank KiwiFiona
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The mighty whakapapa ski field is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Has suitable areas for all ranges of abilities with excellent facilities. Pack your thermals and sunglasses and sunblock.

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 6 December 2017

It was my first time experiencing snow. Unfortunately, we started the trip on a rainy day and we had to leave our vehicles as the snow fall got thicker. Highly recommend winter clothes as the temperature mostly stays in the minus range. Waterproof clothing would...More

Thank Sankha L
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

A surprise discover of this skiing area even it's already spring season. We were just in time to visit here on the 2nd last day of the skiing season and it's a nice sunny day with temp 6C at the Happy Valley for beginners. We...More

1  Thank AnnKL_13
Reviewed 29 October 2017

It was our first time experiencing snow and ski. We are four adults and 2 kids. We visited on 18/9/2017 where it was snowing, so it's a great first time experience. We rented the suits in Turangi which was great as there were nobody else...More

1  Thank diraanuar
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

This was my first ever trip to the snow, and I would recommend it to everyone! I booked a group snowboard lesson and ended up being the only person on it so it ended up being a private lesson, and my instructor, Michelle, was amazing,...More

Thank toddsullivan1969
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Our first time to visit the ski area. After parking our car, wait for the free shuttle bus to take us to the ski area (very fast). We love the view, is so awesome and magnificent. We missed the lifts for sight seeing due to...More

1  Thank tingjin
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The premier ski fields in the north island of New Zealand. Slopes and facilities to suit all ages. Chair lift is great fun. Clothing and ski hire available from toddler to adult. Food is OK, but haute dining is available at Chateau Tongariro, at the...More

Thank Rhondda H
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Questions & Answers
Ninie A
18 October 2017|
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Response from Weli | Reviewed this property |
I think they are open all year round - just the skii area has specific period. I've been there late December last year ( 27th or 28th) and the lifts were open for us to go to the very top ( knolridge cafe). Even if they were... More
24 April 2017|
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Response from RuapehuAlpineLifts | Property representative |
Hi there, It's about a 4-5 hour drive from Auckland to Whakapapa Ski Area. Our planned operational winter season is 3 June - 23 October this year. In September, Mt Ruapehu's Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas have some... More
Lina T
9 January 2017|
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Response from darrenmasters2016 | Reviewed this property |
No not that time of year. The planned operation dates are 2 July - 24 October.