The ski areas utilise state of the art lift facilities, have buzzing cafes and present a welcoming smile from the warm winter staff. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or hire a toboggan and go whizzing down the dedicated family friendly sliding zones on Mount Ruapehu's ski areas, including Happy Valley at Whakapapa– NZ’s best beginner’s facility.
For something a little different, take a spectacular gondola ride on the Sky Waka to the upper slopes and watch the skiers and snowboarders whizz by, all while taking in the unimpeded, panoramic views of Tongariro National Park – a UNESCO Dual World Heritage site.
Once at the top, wander around in the snow and pop into the NZ’s highest café to drink a warming coffee or a steaming hot chocolate.
There are also plenty of friendly hire outlets in the region, to get you kitted out to experience the magic of snow play.