Skiing and Snowboarding in the Taupo Region

Taupo is a fabulous summer destination, but when winter rolls around it’s also an excellent place to base yourself while you hit the ski slopes!

Just 1 hour 20 minutes drive from Taupo you’ll find Whakapapa – one of two ski areas on Mt Ruapehu.  Only 2 hours from Taupo is Mt Ruapehu’s other ski field –Turoa. 

From Turangi the slopes are even closer , with Whakapapa 40 minutes and Turoa 1 hour 20 minutes away.

Mt Ruapehu is the North Island’s only commercial ski field, and has the longest vertical drop in Australasia!  Its facilities cater for beginners, experts, skiers and snowboarders – so the whole family will enjoy their time at the mountain.

The season begins in Late June, and typically runs through to early October. 

For more information check out skiing and snowboarding on the Great Lake Taupo website, or

With two world-class ski areas on your doorstep Taupo is a great place to base yourself, pre- and apres- ski!