Open
Season Start/End: 4/7 - 20/10
Elevation
:
1630m - 2300m
Pistes
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25%| 50%| 25%| 0%
Lifts
:
15
Lift Tickets
:
from $500000.00 to $0.00
Complete list of skipass prices

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Whakapapa Piste Map
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Mt Ruapehu New Zealand in winter
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Whakapapa is situated upon the north-western slopes of Mt. Ruapehu located on New Zealand’s North Island. The ski field is known for being the largest in New Zealand and for being located atop an active volcano. Whakapapa has terrain for all ability types and is accompanied by amazing views.

The ski field is operated by Ruapehu Ski Lifts and a lift ticket also grants visitors access to neighboring resort Turoa. Whakapapa Ski Area is a great resort for families, beginners and the more adventurous skier or snowboarder. The ski season at Whakapapa usually starts in late June and runs through the end of October.

Mt Ruapehu New Zealand in winter
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Like most New Zealand ski fields, Whakapapa is above treeline and provides visitors with wide open runs and expansive terrain. The ski area is naturally divided by an ancient lava field.

Beginners have multiple options within the Happy Valley area. Happy Valley is a separate beginner’s area set aside from the rest of the resort.

Intermediate skiers and riders are at home with multiple wide open groomers. For the expert, check out some of the black runs just left of the Amphitheatre.

Backcountry skiers will find an abundance of off–piste terrain, chutes, cliffs, and steep runs in the Black Magic backcountry area. 

Mt Ruapehu New Zealand in winter
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Whakapapa is an updated, modern resort with great facilities and services. The ski area has a ski and snowboard school, child care, ski hire and a variety of restaurants. 

Elevation

  • 2300m
    Summit
  • 670m
    Vertical Drop
  • 1630m
    Base

Lifts

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 2
  • 0
  • 5
  • 8
  • 15
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    25%

  • Intermediate Runs

    50%

  • Advanced Runs

    25%

  • Expert Runs

    0%

  • Skiable Terrain

    550 ha

Important Dates

  • Projected Opening Ski Season: 04/07/2014
  • Projected Closing Ski Season: 20/10/2014
  • Years Open: 14

Whakapapa Reviews

  • Whakapapa Decent Review! MUST READ!

    by iceyblast01

    9th June 2009

    Full review

    • Overall Rating 5
    • Family Friendly 5
    • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
    • Terrain Park 2
    • Nightlife 1
    • Good Terrain, Cheap. Off Piste wicked!
    • Non-Profit Mountain, Fair ontrail
     
  • Whakapapa Review

    by anonymous_user

    11th July 2008

    Full review

    • Overall Rating 4
    • Family Friendly 5
    • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
    • Terrain Park 2
    • Nightlife 1
     
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Tourist Office

  • Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Ltd. Privat Bag

    Mount Ruapehu

    New Zealand

    Phone: 64-07-892-3738

    snow@whakapapa.co.nz

Common Misspellings

  • Mt Ruapehu, Ruapehu, Wackapapa, Wakapapa, Whakapaipai, Whakapapas, Whakapappa

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