Welcome to Winter at Whakapapa
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Welcome to Whakapapa; a world-class adventure playground located on the northern slopes of Mt Ruapehu in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island.

In winter, we operate a world-class ski area spanning 550 hectares. Terrain is formed by solidified lava, making for some of the most exhilarating skiing and snowboarding New Zealand has to offer.

In summer, with the maunga laid bare of its winter coat, we offer sightseeing on the 1.8km Sky Waka gondola, with views across the Central Plateau, down to the unique volcanic terrain, dining at 2020m, and marked walks.

Moderate to strong SE

Ski or snowboard

Ski and snowboard in the heart of New Zealand's North Island.

Long, gentle slopes, and premier beginner facilities entice first timers to Whakapapa, affording them space to get the hang of turning and stopping at their own pace.

More advanced skiers and snowboarders rejoice in accessible free ride terrain, with natural bowls, wind lips, and a vast number of cliffs and shoots.

See the sights

Journey 1.8km up the northern face of Mt Ruapehu to 2020m, on the Sky Waka gondola.

The journey, both summer and winter, offers panoramic views of the volcanic landscape, out to neighbouring peaks of Mt Ngāuruhoe and Mt Tongariro, and across the central North Island.

Dine at the top in the Knoll Ridge Chalet.

Come prepared

Skiing and snowboarding is great fun, and at Whakapapa, you get to do it in one of nature's best adventure playgrounds.

With a little preparation, you can ensure your first experience into skiing and snowboarding is a positive one, with more up than down time.

Check out all our tips and tricks, from setting out to progressing upwards.

Getting Here

3 hours drive from Hamilton, 4 from Wellington, and 5 hours from Auckland. Getting far away, exploring New Zealand's peak adventure is closer than you think.

We're hiring

We are currently recruiting for Winter 2024. Work where you play at Whakapapa, and take your winter to the next level.

Need Help?

Our Guest Services team is here to support you. Reach us on info@whakapapa.com (preferred contact) or 07 808 6151.