A fully self-contained learners’ area, Happy Valley boasts its own café, rental complex, ski & ride school meeting area, while also being free of advanced skiers and snowboarders. The gentle slope is nice and long, allowing for plenty of time to really get the hang of turning and stopping, with easy to use carpet lifts and a slow-moving chairlift for quick progression. Happy Valley is accessed via two 26 person high-speed elevators to make the transition from the carpark to snow a whole lot easier and faster.
Just learning or finding your feet? Whakapapa's Happy Valley is NZ's premier learners' facility. Access the ski & ride facilities, including 2 carpet lifts & an easy-paced double chairlift to get you confident before embarking on the upper mountain.
Need rentals and/or lessons? Get your Day Pass, rentals and full day lessons included in a day package. for the best deal on snow!
Youth Day Lesson Package
Ages 5-17 ski or 8-17 snowboard
Get the kids sussed for the day with a lift pass, equipment, lesson and healthy lunch package! Lunch is supervised by one of our team.
Drop off 9.30am - 10:00am, pick-up 3:30pm - 4.00pm. Get your package from any one of our ticket outlets on-mountain, off-mountain or online.
All mountain lift pass
All day lessons (2 x 2 Hr 30min lessons)
Equipment rental (skis, boots & poles OR snowboard, boots & helmet - clothing not included).
Adult Day Lesson Package
Package up your pass, equipment & lessons for an epic day on Whakapapa's slopes. Get your package from any one of our ticket outlets on-mountain, off-mountain or online.
All mountain lift pass
All day lessons (2 x 1hr 50min lessons)
Equipment rental (skis, boots & poles OR snowboard & boots - helmet/clothing not included).
Package lesson times: 10.30am & 2pm.
Sledding at Whakapapa
Come & play in the snow on our super fun sledding slope in Happy Valley. Kids & kids at heart of all ages have a (snow) ball up here! Slide on our specially groomed sledding slope all the way to the bottom of the covered Carpet Lift, then ride the lift back up - no walking involved! Grab a 1 hour sledding pass from Customer Relations on mountain. Sled hire included. Please note you cannot bring your own sled into the sledding area.