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Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu

| Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
+64 7-892 4000
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good32%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
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“happy valley” (40 reviews)
“ski lift” (13 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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| Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
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+64 7-892 4000
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1 - 10 of 217 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We enjoyed a half day in the snow with 2 young kids. Arrived about 9:30 and drove right up to the carpark, then caught a free shuttle to the ski area and played in the free area. Kids could run around build snowmen and sled....More

Thank Nathan H
Reviewed 2 days ago

They've recently installed a new lift at the base which carries more people and has a foot rest. They've also replaced on of their T bars with another set of chairs. They still have three T bars which go to the top of the mountain....More

Thank Acineto
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommend families with young children go during the week. Had so many people try to walk into my toddler (who was in front of us holding our hands). We spent 59 each for an adult pass to happy valley and sight seeing/chair lift. We didn't...More

Thank nataliekayw
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Commercial Manager - Whakapapa Ski Area at Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Natalie, Thank you for your review. I'm sorry other customers were not respectful of you and your family. That is disappointing. Sledding has certainly proven to be very popular this season and on fine weekend days it can be busy. We are currently working...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

very lucky to be there after a big dumping. beautiful sunshine provided blue bird mountain opportunities. great to be able to do night skiing this time around.More

Thank RoseWhanau
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Commercial Manager - Whakapapa Ski Area at Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Rose, Thanks for you happy review. It is truly a stunning place to ski when all the planets align and give us new snow followed by blue skies. Glad you got to enjoy it. We look forward to seeing you back again soon. Warm...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed my day of skiing a lot, but I am not sure I could have stayed longer. The weather was excellent, the snow was fine and the trails OK. ut eing used to the ski resorts in the French Alps, this is a really...More

Thank adm_singapore
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Commercial Manager - Whakapapa Ski Area at Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thanks for your positive review. We're glad that our rental team got the job done nice and quickly and allowed you to get on the snow without any hassle. The team definitely pride themselves in 'getting people on the snow'. Unfortunately during your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place and it only keeps getting better. Noticed massive improvements this time and we had so much fun! We visit this place annually and we always count days for the next visit. Their facebook page is very up to date with all info...More

Thank Weli
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Commercial Manager - Whakapapa Ski Area at Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Weli, Thanks for you super review. The team have certainly been busy adding some new kit and sprucing the place up. Excitedly, this is just the start of a whole new investment story that will continue over the next few years. We'll have even...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great skiing, good cafe at the top, good chair lifts, friendly (mostly) staff, take your own clothing if possible, a jacket, trousers etc are $72 for 2 days. Gloves, goggles etc are expensive to buy there so again, take them with you. Skiing for 3...More

Thank Derrick T
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Commercial Manager - Whakapapa Ski Area at Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Derrick, Thanks for your review. We agree that Whakapapa on a good day is Great fun. We work pretty hard to ensure our pricing is competitive, but certainly owning your own clothing is the cheapest way if you can get it last a few...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited in February. The chair lift was free for seniors....which was a surprise. Wonderful views from the top. Great hiking trails, too. Enjoyed the "funny" signs around the area. Very surprised that they built a ski area on the side of an active volcano.More

Thank Virgin Island Traveler
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Commercial Manager - Whakapapa at Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for your review. We agree that the terrain and views are incredible and building a ski area here certainly has its challenges, but is part of what we love about Mt Ruapehu and Whakapapa Ski Area. As one of the largest ski...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Where do I start? Waiting to buy overpriced tickets that we got at 2pm. $120 for 3 hours. Then we had to wait while people pushed in line for the ski lift which took so long. Finally we went down the lift to get our...More

3  Thank jjjaa5
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Commercial Manager - Whakapapa Ski Area at Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for your review, both positive and challenging comments allow us to learn from what we do each day and to improve both our awareness and service. I have passed your commentary onto our team. I am glad that Luka was a redeeming...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

- Arrived at 10am at the shuttle stop at whakapapa village did not get onto a shuttle until 12.30pm. - Took another 40 min to purchase tickets and get gear. -Had about 4-5 turns on the Happy Valley within a 4 hour timeframe because ski...More

1  Thank Korelli
RuapehuAlpineLifts, Commercial Manager - Whakapapa Ski Area at Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Korelli, Thank you for your review, I am sorry the day did not go as you or we would expect. Please firstly allow me to apologise for the experience you had whilst engaging with our staff. The customer experience is a foremost priority for...More

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tbyrne2017
24 April 2017|
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Response from RuapehuAlpineLifts | Property representative |
Hi there, It's about a 4-5 hour drive from Auckland to Whakapapa Ski Area. Our planned operational winter season is 3 June - 23 October this year. In September, Mt Ruapehu's Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas have some... More
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Lina T
9 January 2017|
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Response from darrenmasters2016 | Reviewed this property |
No not that time of year. The planned operation dates are 2 July - 24 October.
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