Snow Sports

enjoying the snowHit the slopes at Whakapapa Ski Area just 6 km from the Whakapapa Holiday Park. The 600 acre boundary has many ski options which cater for everyone from beginners up to advanced skiers and snowboarders, ready to challenge their limits. 

Whakapapa is renowned for it’s premier beginner facilities in Happy Valley: It has gentle slopes, a ski school, it’s own cafe and chair lift – a popular zone for first time skiers and snowboarders.

The more experienced and well-equipped skiers and boarders can take up the challenge of an alpine traverse or travel to the summit of one of the volcanoes. There are plenty of marked trails but the off-piste skiing at Whakapapa is also simply superb. If you love the snow you just have to be here!

No matter what your skills it is an amazing experience to ski on an active volcano looking across to Mt Ngauruhoe (also known as Mount Doom from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy).

On a clear day you can enjoy some of the most spectacular views across the central North Island.