Ski Mount Ruapehu

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Mount Ruapehu

Quick Facts

  • Ski season: June - October
  • Terrain Grades: 25% Beg. 50% Int. 25% Adv.
  • Verticle Drop: 683m
  • Total skiable area: 365 hectares
  • Shuttles: Yes
  • Equipment Hire: Yes
  • Snowsport School: Yes
  • Creche: Yes
  • » View a map of the area

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New Zealand's largest ski area, with two resorts situated on either side of an active Volcano in the centre of the North Island.

Mountain Overview

The three closest villages to Mt Ruapehu are National Park Village, Whakapapa and Ohakune. The Mt Ruapehu area contains mountains, deserts, lakes, active volcanoes, rich farm land and pristine rivers, including the Whanganui River.

The parks are Dual World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park.

Village overview

Ohakune - apres ski capital of the North Island.

Whakapapa Village - located within the beautiful National Park.

Snow Options

Skiing; boarding; heli skiing. Back country and glacier skiing accessable from lifts (no hiking!).

Night life

If you want to sample the local nightlife, Ohakune Village is a lively choice. During the winter months, the town's bars, cafes and chalets fill with skiers and the entertainment keeps going into the wee hours.

Getting there

Fly into Auckland or Wellington. Overland to Mt Ruapehu.

New developments in 2008

Brand new kids centre at Turoa.

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