Travel south of Taumarunui and discover the amazing ski fields of Whakapapa and Tūroa on Mount Ruapehu. With a season running from late June to early October, the fields cover over 550 hectares with a variety of terrain from gentle slopes for beginners to epic chutes, bumps and drops for the more experienced.
Using National Park and Ohakune as a base, skiers and snowboarders have access to world class facilities and views on the mountain. With Tūroa on the southern flanks of Ruapehu and Whakapapa on it’s northern, there is a ski field for all prevailing wind and weather. The smaller, lesser known field of Tukino is tucked on the eastern slopes. Mount Ruapehu is part of the Tongariro National Park, recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site because of the importance it has to the local Ngati Tuwharetoa people with spiritual links, especially to the peaks of the mountains, connecting them across the ages to their ancestors.