Tongariro National Park attractions and activities

Skiing & Snowboarding

Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa & Turoa Ski Areas offer the most awesome natural skiing and snowboarding terrain in the country.


Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa & Turoa Ski Areas offer the most awesome natural skiing and snowboarding terrain in the country; huge snow filled basins, lift-accessed backcountry, steep chutes, drop-offs and secret powder stashes.

Mt Ruapehu offers something for everyone: Fantastic learners’ facilities, terrain parks for snowboarders and free-skiers of all abilities and exceptional spring skiing and riding. For your little ones in tow, there’s a free toboganning area.

On a good day the hike to Mt Ruapehu’s Crater Lake is well worth it for the 1,000m vertical ride back down. Otherwise relax in our cafés and take a chairlift ride for elevated views across the Central North Island and beyond.

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National Park Villages, Whakapapa Ski & Snowboard Area

Whakapapa Ski & Snowboard Area


Whakapapa is situated on the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu, offering a fantastic variety of terrain, premier learner’s facility and breathtaking views from the highest café in New Zealand, the Knoll Ridge Café.

National Park Villages, Turoa Ski & Snowboard Area

Turoa Ski & Snowboard Area


Turoa Ski Area is situated on the south-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu, offering a massive 722m of vertical descent from the top of Australasia’s highest chairlift – the Highnoon Express.