Open now!
Mt Ruapehu Summer Season
Sightseeing Passes
Welcome to our Summer Season
Our Summer Season is underway, weather dependent, 10am-4pm daily. Ride the Sky Waka gondola, treat yourself to our new high 'Tea at 2020m', and other food and beverage options, and explore unique volcanic terrain on foot. Book and buy online now!


Mt Ruapehu rises from the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, located in the Dual World Heritage, Tongariro National Park.

In summer, with the maunga laid bare of its winter coat, we offer sightseeing aboard the 1.8km Sky Waka gondola, with views across the Central Plateau, and down to the unique volcanic terrain, dining at 2020m, and marked walks.

In winter, we operate two ski areas - Whakapapa and Tūroa. Terrain is formed by solidified lava, making for some of the most exhilarating skiing and riding NZ has to offer.

Calm NE

See the sights

Journey 1.8km up the northern face of Mt Ruapehu to 2020m, on the Sky Waka gondola.

The journey, both summer and winter, offers panoramic views of the volcanic landscape, out to neighbouring peaks of Mt Ngāuruhoe and Mt Tongariro, and across the central North Island.

Dine at the top in the Knoll Ridge Chalet.

Ski or snowboard

Day Passes to access all operating lifts at your world-class ski area of choice – Whakapapa or Tūroa.

Specific Beginner Area Passes to access dedicated learner facilities, Happy Valley (at Whakapapa) or Alpine Meadow (at Tūroa).

Weekday, Weekend Day, and ‘Anytime’ options available.

Getting Here
3 hours drive from Hamilton, 4 from Wellington, and 5 hours from Auckland. Getting far away, exploring New Zealand's peak adventure is closer than you think.
We're hiring
Work where you play, upon one of New Zealand's best adventure playgrounds. Join our team, and we'll make you part of our whānau.
Need Help?
Our on and off mountain Guest Services team are here to support you. Reach us on (preferred contact) or 07 808 6151.