There’s more to the snow than just skiing or boarding! Whether it’s grabbing a toboggan and sledding down a snowy slope, having snow ball fights or just riding the chairlift to make the most of the stunning views across the Central North Island of New Zealand, a great day is guaranteed at Happy Valley Snow Park!
Happy Valley Snow Park is the first and only ski area in New Zealand with an all-weather snowmaking system. This state-of-the-art technology guarantees great snow conditions, and big smiles on your family’s faces, over a longer season regardless of the weather conditions.
There is also a range of cafes on the mountain serving hot drinks and great tasting food all day, so you can head inside to warm up and get reenergised before you head out again for more winter family fun.
The Whakapapa snow park features a dedicated snow play zone with its own covered surface lift well away from the skiing and snow boarding so the little ones (and the not-so-little ones!) are safe while tobogganing and building snowmen.
To take the snow experience to another level a trip on scenic chairlift ride over the spectacular volcanic landscape of Whakapapa Ski Area, the highest mountain in the North Island of New Zealand. You’ll be treated to stunning scenery and amazing views of the ski area, Lake Taupo, the Central Plateau and wider Great Lake Taupo region.
The top of the Waterfall Express Chairlift sits at an altitude of 2020m. Here you’ll find the architectural award-winning Knoll Ridge Cafe. The Knoll Ridge Cafe is the highest cafe in New Zealand. It’s the perfect place to have a meal or hot drink, relax on the deck or by the floor to ceiling windows and admire the views.