Mt Ruapehu is home to New Zealand’s largest and most developed ski areas, Whakapapa and Turoa. Whakapapa and Turoa offer over 700 hectares of patrolled skiable terrain on 52 groomed trails, with almost the same area off trail. It is just a 20min drive from Plateau Lodge to Whakapapa and 55mins to Turoa. Whether you are a beginner or advanced skier, or want to cut loose in the terrain park, Mt Ruapehu will meet your needs.
Mt Ruapehu stands at 2797m above sea level and is home to natural snow-filled basins, steep chutes, drop off’s and secret powder stashes. It’s the perfect place for adventure. Mt Ruapehu ski fields offer cross country, a 4km vertical decent (longest run in Australasia), sledding with the family or hiking on one of the glaciers. Facilities on Mt Ruapehu are of an international standard, offering retail shopping, cafes and bars, snow-school lessons, a workshop for skis and boards, child care, car parking and a medical centre.
Whakapapa Ski Area
Mt Ruaphehu’s Whakapapa ski area is the closest ski field to Plateau Lodge.
Whakapapa is on the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu and is known for its outstanding beginners’ areas. It is New Zealand’s biggest and busiest ski field and has a skiable area of 550ha with a total of 43 runs, ranging from beginner to expert. Whakapapa has huge basins, steep chutes and drop-off’s. Advanced skiers and snowboarders can hike to Ruapehu’s Crater Lake and take the 1000m vertical ride back down.
Happy Valley is a self-contained beginners’ area, separate from the rest of Whakapapa Ski field. It is situated just below the Top O’ the Bruce and is sheltered, has its own ski rental and cafetaria and the terrain has 100% snow coverage. Tobogganing is a favourite pass time for familes and is available in the same area. Access is free of charge.
Mt Ruapehu’s Whakapapa has two areas:The east side of the ski area is where the majority of the lifts and services are. Out west there is a cafeteria, a quad chairlift and a T-Bar. The highlight of this side is “Black Magic”, an off piste area which is accessed by back country — free-skiing at its best.
National Park Village is the closest village to Mt Ruapehu with town facilities. We are a quaint ski village with dramatic scenery and a backdrop of three stunning active volcanoes. At the foothills of Tongariro National Park, our ski village accommodates skiers/boarders, cafes/bars, rental shops, a petrol station and a supermarket.
More information on Whakapapa area can be found at Mt Ruapehu
Turoa Ski Area
Turoa Ski Field is just a 55-minute drive from Plateau Lodge, located on Mt Ruapehu. Though there are no buses running from National Park Village to Turoa Ski Field, there are shuttles that leave from the i-SITE Visitor Centre in the centre of Ohakune, just a 30-min drive.
The Ruapehu Alpine Meadow facility is separate from the main ski area. There is a large cafe and a supervised care facility for children under the age of five.
Mt Ruapehu is a haven for intermediate and advanced skiers/boarders and there are plenty of groomed trails and three huge off-piste areas. For advanced skiers and riders, the runs to the left and right of the mountain can be fantastic with few people around. Turoa does lack some of the difficulty of the expert runs of Whakapapa; however, it does offer more of a big-mountain experience with a sense of size being prevalent.
More information on Turoa Ski Area can be found at Mt Ruapehu
Tukino Club Field
Need a change? Try the ‘Wild Side’ Tukino Club Field with access via the Desert Road.
Nestled on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand’s North Island, Tukino Ski Field offers the rare combination of adventure and lack of crowds, coupled with the friendliness and camaraderie that’s only found on club-operated fields. Tukino is a club ski field operated and maintained by club members.
This is what skiing used to be like — before hectic lifestyles and commercial interests took over!
- ski and snowboard lessons
- mountain education courses
- volunteer ski patrol
- a ski development squad
- club races and social events
- great value ski and accommodation packages for non-members
- typically, more stable weather and snow conditions than on the western side of Mt Ruapehu
Access is via a four-wheel-drive track or call 0800-885-466 to arrange transport.
Ski & Board Rental
Get the gear you want without the ski rental shop hassle that you don’t need.
Book the latest gear online and collect it when you arrive in town or head to the many villages and choose a snow package that suits.
Straight across the road from Plateau Lodge is Ski Biz. It caters for all your needs whether it is summer or winter. The prices are highly competitive and there are packages from one day or even five days. We have a good selection of snow goodies to keep you going while you’re down here, including snow goggles, sunglasses, beanies, hats, gloves, sunscreen, thermal gear and much more! Check out our store because we treat you as a valued client not just another punter. Our equipment is tuned with the latest workshop equipment after every rental and is raring to go.
Mon – Thur 7.30am – 7pm |
Fri 7.30am – Midnight |
Sat – Sun 7am – 7pm
Summer Hours: Mon – Sun 4pm – 7pm
Eivins Ski & Board
Head to Eivins Ski and Board right at the foot of Mount Ruapehu in National Park Village for ski and snowboard rental and servicing. Eivins is open daily from 7am during the winter ski season and its close proximity to the mountain means you’ll get a head start for the chairlift! We’re also open on Fridays until midnight and for shorter mountain days, we offer half-day rental from 11:30am. Top-quality equipment gives you the advantage on the slopes! We also offer ski and snowboard tuning and waxing services.
P: 07 8922 843
Opening Hours: Mon – Thur from 7am | Fri 7am – Midnight | Sat – Sun from 7am
Located in National Park Village, they have a variety of stock in store this season. Looking for a fantastic day on the snow and wanting something a bit better than regular rental gear for your day? Maybe even looking to buy? We have the latest skis and snowboards in store to demo, so you can try before you buy. All skis and snowboards are fully tuned and ready to take you from the top of the ski field to the bottom. We have excellent boot fitters to ensure you are sold the right boots for your feet and we can also make custom moulded footbeds to ensure you have the best ride and get the best performance from your boots.
Opening Hours: Mon – Thur 7.30am – 7pm | Fri 7.30am – midnight | Sat – Sun 7am – 7pm