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Turoa Mt Ruapehu Ski Resort

Trail Map Turoa Mt Ruapehu

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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Interesting facts

  • Offering 1236 acres of slopes and terrain, Turoa Mt Ruapehu is among the 5 largest Ski Resorts in New Zealand.
  • Turoa Mt Ruapehu is the the best rated ski resort in New Zealand.
  • Elevated between 5249 ft and 7618 ft, the Ski Resort is the highest elevated Ski Resorts in New Zealand. The vertical drop from summit to base is 2369 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in New Zealand is 1545 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
  • Snow coverage is usually best during September, offering an average snow depth of 82 " at summit elevation and 48 " at the base. Therefore Turoa Mt Ruapehu is among the 3 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in New Zealand.
  • Turoa Mt Ruapehu features 15 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in New Zealand is 27 sunny days. August is the sunniest month with an average of 5 sunny days.

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


Tūroa has more fun than you!
Skiing Turoa NZ. Triangle Black Diamond Run
Ski touring from Turoa, Mt Ruapehu, North Island New Zealand
Turoa 2020 Fun in the Sun Blowing Pow


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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last update on May 6, 2024
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Ruapehu Alpine Lifts
Ohakune Mountain Rd
Mt Ruapehu
Phone+64 7 808 6151


Rate the Ski Resort
on Jan 19, 2020
easily the best in nz if you catch the high noon and triangle or climb to the top

Mountain Stats

Elevation5249 ft - 7618 ft
Opening DayJun 28, 2024
Closing DayOct 28, 2024
Capacity 10840 Persons/Hr.
Hours9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Total 9

Skiable Terrain

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

Weather (7618 ft)


1 day adult NZD149
1 day youth NZD89
1 day child NZD89
All rates & fees