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Resort Scorecard

Snowsure


Beginners


Intermediate


Advanced


Snowboarders


Après Ski


Families


Base elevation: 1,630 metres

Top elevation: 2,300 metres

Number of lifts: 14

Number of runs: 67

Access: The closest airport in Taupo, a one and half hour drive away. Most people drive down from Auckland.

Without panache and with very little by way of pretense, Whakapapa has all you’d need in the neatly grouped base area. Here you’ll find the ski school, a medical centre, ticket office , ski and snowboard hire, and a couple of cafés. A better option for lunch would be a restaurant up the mountain at Knoll Ridge, where the views over to The Pinnacles (an awesome rocky ridge) from the wall-to-floor windows are phenomenal.
 

There are two ski-fields on separate sides of Mt Ruapehu (Whakapapa & Turoa) and both are operated by the same company, meaning that a single pass provides access to both. How enlightened! That is, until you realise that both resorts are far from linked and the road transfer between the two takes over an hour.

Indicative prices can be seen below;

Full day (Adult) NZD 95
Full day (Youth 5-18) NZD 57
5 days (Adult) NZD 450
5 days (Youth 5-18) NZD 255

The rental shops (owned and operated by the ski mountain) provide excellent kit, offered at a competitive price. They have both standard and performance equipment available plus toboggans, ski clothing, helmets and wrist guards.

Indicative prices in the table below;

1 day (skis, boots & poles) NZD 41
5 days (skis, boots & poles) NZD 170

The Whakapapa Snow School has a good operation – plenty of instructors from all over the world and a rather enlightened programme of lesson offerings. Intermediate and advanced skiers (and boarders) should use Whakapapa as an opportunity to progress, as a ‘Master the Mountain’ package is aimed at those wanting to venture in to different terrain, including the more gnarly stuff, on and off piste.

Prices are decent and competitive. Sample prices can be seen below;

Group lesson (one hour, 50 minutes) NZD 60
Private lesson (one hour) NZD 130
Private lesson (three hours) NZD 290

There are two ski-fields on separate sides of Mt Ruapehu (Whakapapa & Turoa) and both are operated by the same company, meaning that a single pass provides access to both. How enlightened! That is, until you realise that both resorts are far from linked and the road transfer between the two takes over an hour.

Indicative prices can be seen below;

Full day (Adult) NZD 95
Full day (Youth 5-18) NZD 57
5 days (Adult) NZD 450
5 days (Youth 5-18) NZD 255

The rental shops (owned and operated by the ski mountain) provide excellent kit, offered at a competitive price. They have both standard and performance equipment available plus toboggans, ski clothing, helmets and wrist guards.

Indicative prices in the table below;

1 day (skis, boots & poles) NZD 41
5 days (skis, boots & poles) NZD 170

The Whakapapa Snow School has a good operation – plenty of instructors from all over the world and a rather enlightened programme of lesson offerings. Intermediate and advanced skiers (and boarders) should use Whakapapa as an opportunity to progress, as a ‘Master the Mountain’ package is aimed at those wanting to venture in to different terrain, including the more gnarly stuff, on and off piste.

Prices are decent and competitive. Sample prices can be seen below;

Group lesson (one hour, 50 minutes) NZD 60
Private lesson (one hour) NZD 130
Private lesson (three hours) NZD 290

Resort Scorecard

Snowsure


Beginners


Intermediate


Advanced


Snowboarders


Après Ski


Families


Base elevation: 1,630 metres

Top elevation: 2,300 metres

Number of lifts: 14

Number of runs: 67

Access: The closest airport in Taupo, a one and half hour drive away. Most people drive down from Auckland.