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Mt Ruapehu is located in the Central Plateau of NZ’s North Island in the UNESCO dual-World-Heritage Tongariro National Park, listed for its cultural and geological significance. Along with having the Whanganui National Park nearby, this area is one of New Zealand’s premium outdoor destinations.

The maunga (mountain), particularly its peaks, have strong spiritual links for local iwi. You may hear local people refer to the maunga as Koro (grandad) Ruapehu.

We're an easy drive from the nation’s main centres of Auckland & Wellington and hotspots such as Taupō, Rotorua & Tauranga. We operate two ski areas on the mountain, Whakapapa and Tūroa, with Whakapapa open in summer for sightseeing on the country's longest gondola, Sky Waka.

Sky Waka Sightseeing

The Sky Waka is now operating for our summer season: December 3rd 2021 - May 1st 2022 (Closed Christmas Day).

Experience the Sky Waka gondola at Whakapapa and cruise high above the maunga, 2020m above sea level to the striking Knoll Ridge Chalet. Breathtaking in summer or winter.


The 2021 Winter Season has now finished. Whakapapa & Tūroa Ski Area's are now closed for ski & board until 2022.

Ski or Board Mt Ruapehu this winter at two of New Zealand's best ski areas - Whakapapa or Tūroa. The choice is yours!