Mt Ruapehu has two of the largest ski fields in New Zealand, with Whakapapa the larger.
The majestic slopes of Mt Ruapehu accommodate New Zealandâs largest and most developed ski areas, Whakapapa and Turoa.
The world-class facilities cater for all levels from the beginner to the advanced and adventurous.
- NZs highest lift access (2,322m)
- NZs largest ski area (1800 hectares of lift accessed terrain)
- Longest vertical drop in Australasia (722m)
- World Heritage Park
Mt Ruapehu is a volcano and there is a risk of eruptions and lahars, however risk management procedures including sophisticated early warning systems are in place.
The last major eruption was in 1996 with a small eruption in September 2007 and the last lahar was in March 2007.
Its sacred Crater Lake is one of only three in the world that is surrounded by ice and snow.
Scenic chairlift rides operate on Whakapapa throughout most of the year offering unsurpassed and spectacular views over the central North Island. There are many amazing volcanic tracks to explore on your own or with an experienced local alpine guides.