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Tūroa Ski Field


Get ready to enjoy more fun more often on the slopes. There is no denying Turoa has the most fun. 

Mt Ruapehu Chair Lift

We are sure you are all aware of the impacts Covid-19 is having on not just New Zealand but the world. Mount Ruapehu has announced that for the 2020 Winter season that Turoa will open, however winter will NOT look like a normal winter at Mt Ruapehu.


All ticketing will be online.  There will be a very limited opportunity to purchase on-site but there will be no cash on the mountain this year.  Any payments will be card only in all of our outlets.

Lift Operations:

Lifts operations this 2020 winter season on Turoa will be limited. Due to the time lost through lockdown, alongside the inability to bring in overseas expertise to work on some of our lifts, this means we will not be able to open every lift this season.  Our focus has been on offering top to bottom skiing at both ski areas, with a beginner offer focused at Whakapapa’s Happy Valley.

At Turoa, we will be operating:

  • Movenpick
  • Giant
  • High Noon

The Wintergarden may open later in the season dependent on demand and snow.

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Transport & Shuttles

RAL will not be offering customer shuttles for this season to Turoa ski field.  With the reduced capacity on the mountain, we see little need for a scheduled large capacity service, so will instead be recommending the local operators who can coordinate smaller numbers when the road is restricted.   Details can be found here.

The Mount Ruapehu Ohakune Snow Depot will also remain closed for the 2020 Winter season. 

Opening Times

  • 9am - 4pm 7 days a week  
  • Upper Mountain | July 1st 2020 
  • Lower Mountain | TBC

Getting Here

Ruapehu is located in the centre of New Zealand's North Island halfway between Auckland and Wellington - both less than 4 hours drive.

Kiwirail operates scenic rail services between Auckland and Wellington, with stops at National Park Village and Ohakune, and national bus operators offer daily services to the area. Closest airports are Taupo, Whanganui and Palmerston North.

More information

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    Whakapapa Ski Field and Happy Valley

    Whakapapa ski field on the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu is New Zealand's largest ski area.

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    Ski Ruapehu

    Located in the heart of New Zealand's North Island, Mt Ruapehu presents one of the best winter destinations in the world. With two incredible snow capped ski fields to choose from , Whakapapa and Tūroa that both provide a little something for everyone. Come and enjoy the breath taking beauty of Ruapehu.

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    Explore the Region

    World renowned Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park set the backdrop for a truly unique New Zealand experience.

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