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Whakapapa Ski Resort Guide

Whakapapa, New Zealand

Rated: 4/5 (from 4 ratings)

Whakapapa 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 Summary

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.

Skiing in Whakapapa

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

Snowboarding in Whakapapa

Whakapapa is highly rated by Snowboarders.

Whakapapa Snow Forecast

When will it snow in Whakapapa?

The next notable snow forecast for Whakapapa is 10cm4in, expected on 18 September, with around 11cm4in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow Forecast by day for Whakapapa

Ski Area Stats

Whakapapa Ski Area

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

Whakapapa Altitudes

Whakapapa Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Whakapapa
Highest Lift2,300m7,546ft
Lowest Piste1,630m5,348ft
Max Vertical670m2,198ft

Whakapapa Rated

Ratings for Whakapapa
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Location and Map

Where is Whakapapa?

Whakapapa is in Ruapehu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand.

Map of Whakapapa

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How to get to Whakapapa

 By Air

The nearest airports to Whakapapa are Taupo, Wanganui and Rotorua. There are seven airports within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

There are 11 ski lifts in Whakapapa.

Whakapapa Season Dates

When is Whakapapa open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Whakapapa.


NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Whakapapa.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Whakapapa, but they may include any or all of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.

Visit the Whakapapa Tourist Office for the latest.

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