Skiing on Mt Ruapehu: Best Turoa and Whakapapa Accommodations

Tick skiing on an active volcano off your bucket list and find the perfect Turoa and Whakapapa accommodation to complete your snow trip. 

Mount Ruapehu is New Zealand’s largest active volcano and also home to the two largest commercial ski areas in the North Island.

Whakapapa sits on the northwestern slopes, and is home to New Zealand’s largest beginner area, Happy Valley. On the southwestern slopes, Turoa’s unique treeless terrain is some of the country’s finest. Turoa also boasts Australasia’s longest vertical descent and chairlift, the High Noon Express.

Both ski resorts usually run from late June to end of October - making it New Zealand’s longest-running ski season.

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Best Mt Ruapehu ski accommodation options

Whakapapa accommodation

Skotel Alpine Resort
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The Park Hotel Ruapehu
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Chateau Tongariro
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Turoa accommodation

The Crossing Backpackers
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Tongariro Suites
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Where is each ski area?

  • Whakapapa: 1 hour 25 minutes drive (104 kilometres) from Taupo; 4 hours 30 minutes drive (346 kilometres) from Auckland
  • Turoa: 2 hours drive (150 kilometres) from Taupo; 5 hour drive (377 kilometres) from Auckland



Whakapapa mountain facts:

Vertical: 675 metres

Skiable terrain: 550 hectares

Longest run: 2.8 kilometres

Trail breakdown: 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced

Number of terrain parks: 1

Ski season dates: Late June until late October, 2016

Whakapapa trail map


Image: MtRuapehu.com



Turoa mountain facts:

Vertical: 722 metres

Skiable terrain: 500 hectares

Longest run: 4 kilometres

Trail breakdown: 20% beginner, 55% intermediate, 25% advanced

Number of terrain parks: 1

Ski season dates: 2 July until 24 October, 2016

Turoa trail map


Image: MtRuapehu.com

Where to get ski hire at Mt Ruapehu

The most convenient way to get ski hire would be at the on-mountain rental shops at the Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas. Alternatively, you can get your equipment from ski shops at the Tongariro National Park.

  • Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas: Both ski areas offer a comprehensive list of skis and snowboards, clothing, helmets and other safety gear and also toboggans.
  • Ski Biz: Gear and clothing hire at competitive prices, plus waxing and edging services. 10 Carroll St National Park Village
  • Snowzone @ Roy Turner Ski and Board Shop: Snowzone offers ski and snowboard hire, tuning and a range of high-quality ski gear. There are a variety of rental packages available and also a special "regulars" package.25-27 Buddo St, National Park Village

Feature image: Whakapapa

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