Mountain Facts

Mt Statistics

With the largest lift accessed terrain and highest lift in New Zealand, and the longest Vertical descent in Australasia, Mt Ruapehu provides MORE terrain, MORE choice and MORE freedom. One Mt Ruapehu lift pass gives you access to both Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas.

 General stats Whakapapa Turoa
Type of ski area Large commercial Large commercial
2009 winter season duration 27 June -26 October 7 June - 8 November
2010 winter season duration 26 June - 25 October 17 June - 7 November
2011 winter season duration 2 July - 24 October 2 July - 6 November
2011-2012 summer season 17 Dec - 29 April n/a
2012 winter season duration 23 June - 22 October 16 June - 8 November
2013 winter season opening 29 June 29 June
Daily lift opening/closing times
(conditions permitting)
9am - 4pm Mon-Sun 9am - 4pm Mon-Sun
Base area altitude 1630m 1600m
Highest lift point 2300m 2322m
Vertical descent 675m 722m
Area within boundary 550 hectares 500 hectares
Aspect North-west South-west
Access road 6km, 2-lane, sealed 17km, 2 lane, sealed
2011 Skier Days (approx) 191, 270 196, 190
2010 Skier Days (approx) 195, 280 187, 890
Terrain
Beginner 25% 20%
Intermediate 50% 55%
Advanced 25% 25%
Groomed Trails  30  22
Snowmaking  20%  10%
Lift facilities
Total lift capacity 15,000 people per hour  11,300 people per hour
Chairlifts 2 quad, 5 double 1 6-seater, 2 triple, 2 quad
T-bars 4 1
Platters 1 2
Learners' carpet conveyers 1 1
Learners' rope tows 1 0
Other on-mountain facilities  
Cafes 3 including 2 licensed 3 including 2 licensed
Equipment hire 2000 sets skis/boots/poles
600 sets snowboards/boots
700 sets jackets/pants
570 sets season rental skis/boots
145 sets season rental snowboards/boots
950 sets skis/boots/poles
450 sets snowboards/boots
200 sets jackets/pants
Retail stores 1 1
Snow school 95 instructors 70 instructors
Kids' Centre none For 2-5 year olds
On-mountain accommodation Club lodges only 0

Contact Us

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts
Private Bag 71902
Mt Ruapehu 3951
New Zealand
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Turoa info.turoa@mtruapehu.com
Whakapapa info@mtruapehu.com
Turoa +64 6 385 8456
Whakapapa +64 7 892 4000