Mount Ruapehu

It's not all about the South Island in New Zealand! You can ski up north too. Mount Ruapehu is New Zealand's largest ski area with resorts on either side of an active volcano. The 3 places to ski at Mount Ruapehu are Turoa, Whakapapa and the smaller club field, Tukino.

Known for its outstanding beginner area, Happy Valley, Whakapapa sits on the mountain's northwestern slopes. Of the 67 named runs, 25 percent are classified advanced, 50 percent intermediate and 25 percent for beginners. The skiable area is an impressive 550 hectares. On the southwestern slopes, Turoa offers the most awesome natural skiing and snowboarding terrain New Zealand has available. It has Australasia's longest vertical drop at 722 metres and one of only 2 commercial ski fields on the North Island, the other being Whakapapa.

Together with its beautifully named twin resort, situated on Mount Ruapehu's northwestern side, Turoa forms New Zealand's largest lift-accessed terrain and has the nation’s highest chair lift at 2,322 metres. Nestled on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu and just off the Desert Road, friendly Tukino lacks crowds but not adventure. Fly into Auckland or Wellington and overland to Mt Ruapehu.

Snow Report

Lifts open at 9am each morning between June and October in Mount Ruapehu to satisfy the desire of snow lovers. The beginners area is a corker and known as Alpine Meadows, but if you’ve already got some snow time under your belt you can head down to Waterfall Express or the newly rebuilt Mother Boarder terrain. You can check out the latest snow-cam conditions here.


If you're looking for Mount Ruapehu Accommodation, first think about where you'd like to stay – there are a few main towns to choose from – Taumarunui, Whakapapa Village, National Park Village, Raetihi and Ohakune. At any of these towns you'll find backpackers, serviced apartments, B&Bs, homestays, hotels and motels. Student Flights can help you find a ski holiday package that suits all of your wants and needs, ask us today.

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