Mother nature is not a force to be reckoned with. It was after all, just over 120 years since the last volcanic eruption at Mount Tongariro (1897). She has been sculpting the beautiful Tongariro Crossing for thousands of years. Together we must help by acting with the incorporation of Environmentally friendly procedures, to help preserve the natural beauty of the Tongariro Crossing.
Skiing at Mt Ruapehu
Mt Ruapehu is one on New Zealand’s most active volcanos, it’s also home to two of New Zealand’s best ski fields. Mt Raupehu’s ski season generally opens in late June to early July and runs through to mid-October. Visit them on Facebook for the latest information.
Whakapapa Ski Field
Whakapapa is New Zealand’s largest ski field, and sits on the northwestern slopes of Mt Raupehu. It has a total skiable area of 550 hectares that includes 43 runs and 16 lifts.
Whakapapa is also home to New Zealand’s premiere beginners’ area - Happy Valley. Happy Valley has its own café, rental complex, and ski school. Its gentle slopes are perfect for learning without having to worry about skiers or boarders flying past you.
If you’re looking for adventure, Whakapapa has it. Its intermediate and advanced slopes include over 30 groomed trails that run over the volcanic terrain, giving you the choice of bumps, chutes, drops, bowls or nice wide runs.
45 minutes after arriving at Parklands Motor Lodge you can be sliding down the slopes of Whakapapa ski field and enjoying New Zealand’s largest ski field.
Turoa Ski Field
Turoa is on Ruapheu’s southwestern side and has the largest vertical drop (722 metres) of any resort in Australasia.
With Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced courses running all over the mountain, there will be a slope for every member of family, including a special section just for tobogganing.
Lessons, Packages, and Rental
No matter what kind of ski packages you are looking for, there are plenty to choose from. Mt Raupehu offers plenty of packages to help you get started from the Discover Package to the Rocket Pass Package. They all include lift passes, equipment rental and lessons to make sure you’re making the most of your time on the mountain. The best part is there’s no need to book; just show up on the day and purchase your package from the ticket office.
If you’re already a keen skier or snow boarder but don’t have your equipment with you, Mt Raupehu has you covered. They’ve got New Zealand’s biggest range of skis and snowboards, plus toboggans, water proof jackets and pants, helmets and wrist-guards. You also have the option to rent for one day, multiple days, or even the whole season!
Mt Ruapehu has it all whether you’ve never skied before or you spend every minute possible on the slopes. Book your stay with us, and enjoy the spa pools or sauna when you return from the mountain. Then join us in the restaurant for a hearty, warming meal and a drink.