Ski Resort Manganui in Stratford: Position on map

Manganui Ski Resort

Mount Taranaki, Stratford Mountain Club

The Ski Resort

View towards Top Tow
View towards Top Tow

In the race for Bragging rights to be the 1st Ski Area in New Zealand to open for the season, Taranaki’s Manganui Ski Area is always near the front. Why? The main reason is that the lower slopes of the ski area are a mowed tussock meadow, which only requires 30 cm or so of snow for enough of a base to operate. Manganui is a humble Ski Area by NZ standards. It can’t offer facilities of the commercial or big club field can, but its simplicity is perhaps its charm. And with lift ticket prices among the lowest in the country, the “no-frills” standard means snow enthusiasts can enjoy the ski area at far less cost than the rest.

The terrain consists of a small learner and intermediate slope contrasted by more challenging advanced terrain on its upper. The balance makes it interesting, and the step up to the advanced slopes is significant, however in good snow conditions the Top-Tow (a fixed grip “nut-cracker”) is not beyond strong advanced intermediates.

Manganui is owned and operated by Stratford Mountain Club, and relies on plenty of volunteer labour by its members to get operational every season. A recent development is the introduction of a Family Ski pass. Of course Manganui doesn’t have the same level of facilities, but for Taranaki locals, its close proximity and low cost offer amazing value.

Who says that skiing is expensive? Not at Manganui! Manganui doesn’t provide Ski/Snowboard Lessons, and Ski/snowboard hire is not available at the ski area, however New Plymouth winter snow sports shops have good quality Snowboard and Ski gear available for hire. Should a higher level of service be required, then Manganui’s big cousins at Mt. Ruapehu do provide it. Manganui attracts boarders and skiers from throughout the North Island. It would probably have the highest ratio of Snow Boarders to Skiers of any field in NZ.


Must-Ski Runs

Longest Runs

The Big Schuss
Length: km
Vertical Drop: 420 m


Manganui Ski Field
Manganui ski field top tow hike. Earn those turns.
Maunganui ski day 2020

Getting here

To access Manganui Ski Area requires a nice 45minute drive from New Plymouth, with a sealed road all the way, to the Stratford Plateau Car Park. From there it is a 20-30 min walk into the ski area, with a goods lift at half-way. The walk is physical, but is a major reason why Manganui has less first aid incidents than other areas, with a good warm-up completed before the skiing/riding begins.

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last update on May 6, 2024
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Manganui Ski Area
Upper Pembroke Road RD21
Stratford Taranaki
Phone+64 (0) 6 765 8905


Rate the Ski Resort
on 16 Jan 2022
Have you guys that did this review ever been there. There is no snow there in April so how can it be the best month for skiimg

Mountain Stats

Elevation4134 ft - 5512 ft
SeasonJune - Oktober
Opening DayJun 1, 2023
Closing DayOct 13, 2024
Capacity 3200 Persons/Hr.
Hours9:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Total 5

Skiable Terrain

146 acres
Green Circle
Blue Squared
Black Diamond
Double Diamond
Overall Slope Area 146 acres

Weather (5512 ft)

Open Lifts & Trails


1 day adult NZD50
1 day youth NZD35
1 day child free
All rates & fees