What you need to know about skiing in the North Island

Discover two of New Zealand's top ski fields on Mt Ruapehu, where there's so much fun to have on and off the slopes.

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Whakapapa ski field, Ruapehu

By MtRuapehu.com

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Turoa ski field, Ruapehu

By Mt Ruapehu

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Happy Valley Beginners Area, Ruapehu

By Visit Ruapehu

New Zealand
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

By Visit Ruapehu

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Taranaki Falls, Ruapehu

By Graeme Murray

Lake Taupo
Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health , Lake Taupo

By Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa

Varied terrain for all abilities

Explore Turoa ski field

Explore Whakapapa ski field

Lots to see and do

Visit impressive Taranaki Falls

Soak in thermal pools

Ruapehu

Ruapehu

One lift pass covers two ski fields. Learn more: Mt Ruapheu

Highlights

  • Wide-open plains for all abilities
  • Epic volcanic scenery
  • Cafes, sledding and sightseeing
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TUROA

Volcanic terrain and wide trails

Highlights

  • NZ's longest vertical descent at 722m
  • Three cafes and sledding area
  • Sightseeing chairlift rides

Proximity

Ruapehu

WHAKAPAPA

Varied terrain, four cafes, sledding and more.

Highlights

  • Learn to ski or board in Happy Valley
  • Relax in NZ's highest cafe, Knoll Ridge
  • Explore New Zealand's largest ski area

Proximity

Discover top winter experiences

North Island’s Central Plateau is bubbling with excitement and things to do.

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Highlights

  • Take a walk in Tongariro National Park
  • Visit the iconic Huka Falls
  • Cruise on a boat tour of Lake Taupo
Ruapehu

Ruapehu

Learn more about the Ruapehu region

It's easy to get to the slopes

Driving in winter is easy, just hire a car and set off at your own pace - both ski fields have car parks. Or, if you don't fancy driving, just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery on one of the many shuttle buses that will bring you straight to the ski field.

Drive

Both ski fields are accessible by car and driving yourself means you can arrive or leave whenever you want. For more information on driving in winter, click here.

Shuttle bus

  • Hop on one of the regular shuttle buses that run to and from towns.
  • For more information on buses to and from Whakapapa and Turoa, click here.

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Where to next?

Top 10 Winter Experiences in North Island →

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