The Ruapehu region houses the best family fun with first time ski or board package. With Whakapapa just 15 minute drive from National Park Village its the best place to learn to ski or board in New Zealand. You’ll have fun, feel safe and build up your confidence with our industry-leading qualified instructors – ensuring that you experience the best pathway into your new favourite sport!
Mt Ruapehu have developed our starter packages with those new to snow in mind. All packages include lift passes, equipment rental and group session. There’s no need to pre-book – just show up on the day and purchase from the ticket office – easy!
First time package is a full day package and is designed to introduce you to the snow for the first time. Learn how to use equipment safely, experience controlled sliding and build your confidence in a safe environment. You’ll have fun in our sheltered beginner area with other skiers/riders new to the snow, learning a sport you’ll love for years to come! Includes Beginner Area Lift Pass.
- Full day Beginner Area Lift Pass (Happy Valley)
- Full day hire of skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots.
- First Timer group session. Note: If there are 4 or less people in a group session the session time will be set accordingly.
If you are just wanting to experience snow then the Happy Valley are is a perfect set up for you. Tobogganing for the whole family there is a café right beside with dining inside and outside. A great snow play area for little ones who just want to build a snow many or throw snow bombs at dad.
Transport up to the Whakapapa Ski Field leave on the hour every hour from National Park Village. We also have private operators who are keen to take you and your family for a day of play and a time table that suits you. Alternatively there is carparking available at the Ski Filed.