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Ski and ride Mt Ruapehu
Explore a peak like no other
Sightseeing Passes
Mt Ruapehu Summer Season
Summer season has begun, running through to April 23, weather dependant operating 10am-4pm each day. Purchase your Sky Waka passes on arrival on mountain. Awe inspiring short walks, and cafe style refreshments available at 2020m at the Knoll Ridge Chalet.


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

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.

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.

See the sights

Journey 1.8km up the northern face of Mt Ruapehu to 2020m, on the Sky Waka gondola.
The journey, both winter and summer, 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

One ski pass to access two ski areas – Whakapapa and Tūroa - spanning 1050 hectares. Beginner passes to access our dedicated learner facilities, Happy Valley and Alpine Meadow. All mountain day passes, with access to 17 lifts across both ski areas, where more advanced skiers and riders can progress or test their skills.

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.
Need Help?
Our on and off mountain Guest Services team are here to support you. Reach us on (preferred contact) or 07 808 6151.