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Whakapapa Ski Area

Ohakune Mountain Rd | Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7-892 4000
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Ski on a volcano

While snow conditions here are not always amazing it is what we have in the North Island. On a good... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Interesting landscape in June

Whilst we visited in early June the snow machines we out working but hardly any snow as the season... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good32%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“happy valley” (36 reviews)
“lifts” (41 reviews)
“lesson” (32 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Ohakune Mountain Rd | Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7-892 4000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While snow conditions here are not always amazing it is what we have in the North Island. On a good day the views are amazing. On weekends it can be very busy as this is not a big field compared to overseas. choosing to go...More

Thank watts-up
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whilst we visited in early June the snow machines we out working but hardly any snow as the season does not start for a number of weeks yet. It is still an interesting place to visit all year round. The landscape is completely different to...More

Thank 792Carol_H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

With a history of environmental disasters and alleged corruption by NZ locals, the company that has a monopoly on skiing in the north island wasn't the first place I wanted to give my money. Finally gave it a go and it's just awful. The facilities,...More

Thank Scooter T
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Guest Relations Manager at Whakapapa Ski Area, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. Your review on the 31st May 2017 was prior to our opening date for winter 2017, so I am a little confused at what you 'gave a go' - we opened our Happy Valley Snow Park on the 3rd June 2017....More

Reviewed 17 May 2017

Learnt to ski here 40 years ago. Never get tired of going back. Just check the weather forecast before you go, because it's exposed up there.

Thank MuriwaiJohn
Reviewed 30 April 2017

For someone who doesn't ski this was great experience. Taking the two chair lifts to the top of the mountain, and then being able to walk to the ridge line to see amazing views. Not a cloud in the sky when we visits, was just...More

Thank Whitebait2NZ
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Was great to see the views and see what all the hype is about even without the snow. Great to see attention to detail and all the hard maintenance work going into the area in preparation for the snow season.

Thank Cathrine M
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Skied heer for many years, but never seen it with so little snow. EVery skier should make this trip just to see the difference between summer and winter and how much snow this mountain need to make this resort work

Thank philnelms
Reviewed 29 March 2017

This is basically a ski hub in winter with parking, equipment hire, cafes, chairlift facilities all jostling for space. In summer it is less of a bustle and you can actually find some nice clothing and souvenir stores also.

Thank JRCLeG
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We rode the skilift to the top in March, which was very inexpensive. There are walking trails at the top as well as a restaurant with incredible views.

Thank RichZiegler
Reviewed 25 March 2017

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...More

Thank D S
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Is this a place worth going to for snowboarding in mid September? How far is the drive from Auckland?
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
Hi there, is it possible to ski during late december? Is there any snow there?
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.