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Mount Ruapehu

An abundance of historical and natural attractions are coupled with the largest ski area in NZ and a volcanic summer proposition, making Mount Ruapehu one of New Zealand's premier alpine locations.

Standing tall in the heart of New Zealand's North Island, Mount Ruapehu is an active volcano boasting unimpeded, awe-inspiring views that stretch all the way to the coast. Its remarkable alpine terrain is crowned by a crater lake found at the summit, a tapu (sacred) site revered by the local iwi (indigenous Māori tribes) in the area. This crater lake holds significant cultural and spiritual importance for the indigenous communities, adding to the mountain's profound significance. Mount Ruapehu attracts visitors year-round, from hikersskiers, snowboarders, botanists, geologists, and nature enthusiasts alike.

In the winter months, the majestic landscape of Mount Ruapehu hosts two renowned ski areas, Tūroa and Whakapapa,each offering distinctive experiences. Tūroa attracts thrill-seekers with its extensive slopes and challenging terrain, while Whakapapa beckons with its picturesque trails and family-friendly atmosphere. During the summer months, Whakapapa Ski Area offers a unique experience where visitors can ascend Mount Ruapehu's North Island's tallest peak aboard the Sky Waka gondola. This scenic journey through the remarkable alpine terrain provides unparalleled views, enriching the summertime adventure amidst the mountain's magnificence. 

Additionally, nestled within this breathtaking scenery is Tūkino Skifield, offering a unique experience for skiing enthusiasts. Set against the backdrop of Ruapehu's grandeur, Tūkino Skifield provides an intimate and tranquil setting, perfect for those seeking a quieter skiing retreat.

As a live volcano, there will always be some risk of both eruptions and lahar flow on Mount Ruapehu. To mitigate that risk for outdoor enthusiasts, precautionary measures including sophisticated early warning systems are in place. The last major eruption was in 1996 and the last lahar was in March 2007.

A recommendation remains in place for hikers and climbers not to enter the Mount Ruapehu Summit Hazard Zone. Make sure you check with DOC before embarking on any tracks which may be within this zone or in a known lahar path.

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Are Tūroa and Whakapapa operated by separate companies?

Yes, Tūroa and Whakapapa Ski Areas are managed by different entities. Each side offers its unique experience, meaning you'll need separate passes for access. Additionally, they boast their own rental and retail outlets, ensuring you're equipped for adventure, whether you're navigating Tūroa's slopes or exploring Whakapapa's terrain.

What activities are available at Mt Ruapehu?

In the summer months, both Tūroa and Whakapapa Ski Areas offer picturesque hiking trails suitable for all skill levels. Additionally, visitors can embark on the Sky Waka gondola ride, a breathtaking 1.8 km journey through the stunning landscapes of Mount Ruapehu. Marvel at cascading waterfalls during the warmer months and snow-clad peaks in winter.

As winter arrives, Mt Ruapehu transforms into a snow-covered wonderland, inviting enthusiasts to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and sledding at all three ski areas.

How do I purchase lift passes?

You can purchase lift passes online at Tūroa and Whakapapa Ski Area's websites or on site.

For those wanting to visit Tūkino, you can purchase passes at the ticket office on the skifield.

Can I rent equipment (skis, boots, snowboard, sled) on the mountain?

In summer you will need to be prepared with your own pair of hiking boots.

During the winter season, Mt. Ruapehu offers the expertise of their dedicated team to assist you in selecting the appropriate gear for your adventures on the slopes. 

Whakapapa Ski Area

Tūroa Ski Area

However, when visiting Tūkino Skifield, it's recommended to bring along your own skiing or riding equipment.

How do I get to Mt Ruapehu?

Below, you'll find the addresses for each ski area. Simply input them into Google Maps, and you'll be directed straight to your destination.

Whakapapa: Top of Bruce Road, Whakapapa Ski Area, Mt Ruapehu.

Tūroa: Top of Ohakune Mountain Road, Tūroa Ski Area, Mt Ruapehu.

Tūkino: Tūkino access Road, Tūkino Village.

What's the best time of the year to visit Mt Ruapehu?

Mt Ruapehu offers year-round attractions and activities, making it a destination for all seasons.

Can I book lessons for skiing or snowboarding?

You can book lessons on-site at Tūroa Ski Area or by calling 07 808 6151 for Whakapapa Ski Area. For Tūkino Skifield, please call +64 6 387 6294.

What are the accommodation options available near Mt Ruapehu?

There is a wide variety of accommodation options available in the Ruapehu region, you can choose from any of the towns below.

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