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Turoa Mt Ruapehu Ski Resort

Turoa Mt Ruapehu
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Turoa will never become famous due to its terrain or lift facilities. It’s location in the heart of the Tongarino Nationalpark limits the extension of the resort considerably. Still the two ski...
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Mountain Stats

Elevation5249 ft - 7618 ft
Opening DayJul 8, 2022
Closing DayOct 24, 2022
Capacity 10840 Persons/Hr.

Lift Ticket Prices

1 day adult NZD149
1 day youth NZD99
1 day child NZD99
All rates & fees


Total 8
Hours9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Skiable Terrain

Green Circle
Blue Squared
Black Diamond
Double Diamond
Overall Slope Length 12.4 miles

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The Ski Resort

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Mt Ruapehu (2,797 meters) is the highest mountain of the North Island. It is home to two of the largest and most famous skiing areas of New Zealand: Turoa and Whakapapa. The ski area Turoa is situated at the South Western face of the active volcano. It offers numerous rewarding slopes, especially for more advanced skiers. Moreover, the area features New Zealand's highest lift: Highnoon Express.

Beginners will enjoy Alpine Meadow area at the base station. A 120 meter magic carpet is located here, making it easy for newbies to get to the top of the beginners area. For a little swift fun in between, check out the sledge slope.

Those who feel confident on their skis can try one of the twelve intermediate runs in the area. Don't forget to ski the absolute highlight of the ski area: the slope from the top of Highnoon Express, the highest point of the resort. Experts will find 25 challenging Black Diamond Runs, as well as two freerider areas, which can also be accessed easily by lifts. Experts should'nt miss the wide powder runs in the Triangle area and by the glacier.

Turoa Lift Plus Terrain Park offers various areas for freestylers of all levels, from absolute beginners to the most advanced experts. The latter may be especially thrilled by the XL jumps of up to 50 ft.

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On Mountain Dining

Right next to the beginner's terrain Alpine Meadow you find Alpine Chalet. This place serves coffee, a variety of hot meals, snacks as well as nice cold beer.

Located by Parklane Chairlift, Snowflake Café is known for its excellent burgers, said to be the best in the entire region.

The resort's highest-located café is called Giant Café. They offer sandwiches, sushi, and hot beverages.

Must-Ski Runs

The longest run at Turoa is the 4 kilometer valley run with a drop of 722 meters. It is suitable especially for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Longest Runs

Length: 2.5 miles
Vertical Drop: 2368.8 ft


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The neighbouring ski resort Whakapapa, which is also located on Mt. Ruapehu, is definitely worth a visit. Whakapapa is New Zealand's largest ski resort and offers runs of all different levels. 

Getting here

By Car:

Mt Ruapehu is located at the center of New Zealand's North Island, approximately halfway between Auckland and Wellington. The easiest way to get there is by following State Highway 1 towards Waiouru. From there you follow the signs to Ohakune, along Major Road 49. This is where you will find the entry to the ski resort.

Furthermore, shuttle busses are available to take you to the ski resort from Wellington and Auckland.


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henryon 19 Jan 2020
easily the best in nz if you catch the high noon and triangle or climb to the top
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