Sitting above the West Ridge Quad, Mt Ruapehu
Mt Ruapehu crater lake
View of Mt Ngauruhoe from Mt Ruapehu

Winter In The Ruapehu

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.

For the latest snow reports see Mt Ruapehu Snow Report
Check out an up to date weather forecast at Metservice

Whakapapa Ski Area

Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa ski area is the closest ski field to Plateau Lodge and is open over the summer period too. Buffet Lunch, snack snow play with a choice to ride the highest & longest gondola ride in New Zealand. Hiking trails are scattered over the mountain range for families and experience hikers


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 cafeteria and the terrain has 100% snow coverage. Tobogganing is a favourite pass time for families and is available in the same area.


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.

Shop and hire online for all of your ski and board needs before you arrive. Try Ski Biz or Eviens Ski hire located beside the GAS Station.

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.


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.

Shop and hire online before you arrive for all of your ski and board needs. Try Ski Biz or Eviens Ski hire located beside the GAS Station.

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!

Tukino Offers

  • 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.

The Alpine Centre

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.

P: 07 892 2717
E: [email protected]
W: The Alpine Centre

Winter Hours: 
Mon – Thur 7.30am – 7pm |  
Fri 7.30am – Midnight | 
Sat – Sun 7am – 7pm
Summer Hours: 
Mon – Sun 7:30am – 10:30am & 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