Located on Mt Ruapehu's north-west facing slopes, Whakapapa is NZ's largest ski area and home to the nation's premier beginner playground: Happy Valley. Renowned for its expansive volcanic terrain, spectacular views, and extensive beginner facilities

Mt Ruapehu offers some of the most amazing natural terrain in the country: huge snow filled basins, lift accessed back country, steep chutes, drop-offs and secret powder stashes. Experience both ski areas with just one lift pass.

There’s something for everyone: Fantastic beginner facilities, exceptional volcanic terrain and vibrant night skiing. Whakapapa is also open in summer for sightseeing and hiking.

Access Whakapapa Ski Area from Bruce Road, a 6km sealed road.

Not skiing? Enjoy our sledding area, great coffee in our 4 conveniently located cafés and sightseeing chairlift rides for elevated views from the highest mountain in the North Island! New in 2019 - epic new gondola!

Pricing and Conditions

High Season
$129-$1299 (Adult)
(December 1 - May 1)
$79-$325 (Child, 16 and under))


Business Hours
Lifts open 9am to 4pm (weather permitting). Please check weather report daily on MtRuapehu.com.
Months of Operation
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct