North Island Skiing
There are only four ski resorts on the North Island. In the heart of the island in the national park of Tongariro, Whakapapa (where we are located) and Turoa are the most popular. These two ski resorts are located on each of the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, a volcano still active, and came together recently to form a single station. They attract many skiers and snowboarders.
With an area of 550 acres, 43 tracks (trails and off-trail), 16 lifts and its inflow of 15 000 skiers per hour, Whakapapa, 2300 m on the northeast side of Mount Ruapehu, is the largest ski resort of New Zealand.
It has trails for all levels. You will find restaurants, cafeteria and ski equipment rental. It is possible to stay on-site in many lodges and hotels.
The station has just undergone a full makeover with a new parking space, a new customer service center, and an equipment repair shop. It is also equipped with a snow-park and a half pipe for snowboarders.
Turoa located on the southwest side of the volcano Mt Ruapehu offers also 500 hectares of ski slopes but has only 11 lifts. It culminates 2322 metres for an altitude difference of 720 metres. The setting is paradise with surprising views over the unspoiled Valley. In fine weather, it is possible to see in the distance Mt Taranaki on the West coast of the North Island.
The station offers a snow park and a half pipe. It also organizes numerous events for snowboarders.
On the other hand, this station offers no accommodation on-site. The majority of holidaymakers are housed in Ohakune (at 10 km) where the view of the snowy mountains is magnificent. After a day of skiing, you can relax or continue the evening in bars in the village.
Beware, these stations are sometimes overloaded in high season.
Maunganui Ski field
It is the only station of Mount Taranaki on the West coast of the North Island. It culminates in 1680m and has 4 ski lifts. The lower part of the station is reserved for beginners or average skiers while the upper part is intended for experienced skiers and snowboarders. The resort offers stunning views of the Tasman Sea.