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Whakapapa Ski Area, Mt Ruapehu
  1. Visit Ruapehu
  2. Things to see and do
  3. Ski Ruapehu
  4. Whakapapa Ski Field and Happy Valley

Whakapapa Ski Field and Happy Valley

Whakapapa ski area is located on the northern side of Mt Ruapehu, in the North Island of New Zealand, and offers an expanse of varied terrain and arguably some of the most interesting and challenging runs in the country.

Whakapapa Ski Field

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General access map for Whakapapa summer 2018/2019

Whakapapa base area has construction zones with restricted access for the duration of summer 2018/19 until the opening of the gondola 1 June 2019. Please refer to this access map for details of construction zones and safe access trails to clubs and the upper mountain.

For the beginners

Whakapapa ski area is the best place place to learn to ski or board in New Zealand being home to New Zealand's premier beginners' area, Happy Valley.

Happy Valley is located in its own valley with 4 learner conveyor lifts (2 covered), a slow-moving chairlift, café, rental complex and ski school meeting area. With its gentle slope and long profile, beginners can build confidence, have fun and feel safe in an enclosed area. For your little ones in tow, there’s also a lift-accessed sledding area.

For the Intermediate and Advanced

For intermediate and advanced skiers/riders, Whakapapa offers terrain from wide open runs to bowls, bumps, chutes and drops. There are more than 50 groomed trails to fall in love with at Whakapapa.

For freeskiers and snowboarders there are terrain parks on the lower mountain and extensive upper mountain lift facilities to access advanced black runs.

 Whakapapa Ski Field Fact Sheet 

Happy Valley Opening Date 1 June 2019
Lower Mountain Opening Date 22 June 2019
Upper Mountain Opening Date 22 June 2019
Please note these above times are subject to change dependent on weather conditions
Whakapapa Ski Field Operating hours  9am - 4pm/Mon - Sun
Whakapapa Trail Map Whakapapa Trail Map 
Longest Run 2.8kms
Services and Facilities  
Equipment hire  Mountain Shuttle
Ski School Cafe and Bar
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Whakapapa Ski Field, Mt Ruapehu

GENERAL ACCESS MAP FOR WHAKAPAPA SUMMER 2018/19

Whakapapa construction zone boundaries and public access info

Whakapapa base area has construction zones with restricted access for the duration of summer 2018/19 until the opening of the gondola 1 June 2019. Please refer to this access map for details of construction zones and safe access trails to clubs and the upper mountain.

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.

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