Whakapapa Ski Area

Skiing in Tongariro National Park

Whakapapa Ski Area, on the northwestern slopes of Mt Ruapehu, is NZ's largest ski area, spread across 550 hectares with a maximum altitude of 2320m. The self-contained Happy Valley learners' area is good for beginners. The only accommodation is in private ski-club lodges, so most visitors stay at Whakapapa or National Park Village.

Whakapapa has night skiing on Fridays and Saturdays and every night through NZ's July school holidays.