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Whakapapa Ski Resort Guide

Whakapapa, New Zealand

Rated: 4/5 (from 4 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners and Snowboarders!
Highest Lift2,300m7,546ft
Lowest Lift1,630m5,348ft
 Nearest AirportsTaupo and Wanganui
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The New Zealand ski resort of Whakapapa is at an altitude of 1,630m5,348ft.


Whakapapa has direct access to 30 marked pistes, served by a total of 11 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,300m7,546ft, snow cover is generally reliable.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Whakapapa is highly rated by Snowboarders.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Whakapapa?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Whakapapa.

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Ski Area Stats

Whakapapa Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Number of runs
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Altitudes & Slopes

Whakapapa Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,300m7,546ft
Lowest Piste1,630m5,348ft
Max Vertical670m2,198ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Whakapapa
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Location and Map

Where is Whakapapa?

This ski resort is in Ruapehu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Whakapapa is Taupo, 72 minutes drive away.

Wanganui, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Hamilton, Napier and New Plymouth airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

There are 11 ski lifts.

Season Dates

When is Whakapapa open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.


NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

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