Whakapapa

On the North-Western slopes of Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa is New Zealand’s largest developed ski area and has every facility you could ask for - including (on a clear day) spectacular views across the central North Island.

Within the 600 (excluding Turoa) acre boundary, there are a myriad of options and well groomed terrain that caters for beginners in the renowned world class Happy Valley right through to advanced skiers out to challenge their limits on the many steep faces, slopes and gullies. There are plenty of marked trails but the off piste skiing at Whakapapa is superb.

Scheduled season dates: 22 June - 28 October 2019* (Happy Valley opens June 1)

Elevation 

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2,300m 


Vertical rise 

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675m 


Ski terrain

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1,359 acres


Beginner

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25%


Intermediate

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50%


Advanced

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25%


Lifts

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3 quad chairlifts
1 quad express
1 double chairlift
3 T-bars
4 learners carpet conveyer (2 covered)


Facilities

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4 cafés including 2 licensed cafés
Retail Shop (Vertical Retail)
Accident and Medical Centre
Rentals (skis, snowboards, boots and poles, clothing)
Snow school (95 instructors)
On-mountain accommodation (club lodges only)


Children

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Children from aged 4 to 17 years are supervised in a variety of programmes from Kids Holiday Programmes (beginner to advanced), to Weekend Programmes – Academy, Race Team


Recommended accomodation

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The Park Travellers Lodge (National Park Village)
Skotel Alpine Resort (Whakapapa Village)