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Stats & Facts

With 550 hectares of lift-accessed & patrolled terrain, Whakapapa is NZ's largest ski area. The huge variety of terrain provides mellow slopes for first-timers & epic chutes, drops & bumps for the most experienced.

Whakapapa's snow factory snowmaking machine sees it through NZ's longest ski season all the way from the beginning of June through to the end of October. For exact dates & more hit the more info button.

Urgent Care Clinic

Our Urgent Care Clinic, accredited by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), & the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care, & is audited annually to ensure high standards of medical care are maintained.

We work closely with ski patrol to provide both accident and urgent medical services. The majority of accidents and medical complaints can be sorted out by the clinic but we also have referral pathways to all hospitals should expert advice and treatment be required. Our Urgent Care Clinic has x-ray facilities onsite and a dedicated radiographer.

Mountain Safety

Our staff, including experienced Patrol & Trail Safety teams, keep you safe on the maunga with constant monitoring & management of all trails, lifts and surrounding terrain.
If you ever need assistance or want to chat with Patrol come & see us at the top of the Sky Waka gondola or ask any lift operator to radio us. Alternatively call Patrol Dispatch on 07 892 4000 ext 7816.

Check out our Mountain Safety page through the picture to see how you can stay comfortable and safe during your visit. It's important you follow the code along with all ski area signage and staff instructions. We'll keep you on the right track!


Cultural Info

Whakapapa is located within the Tongariro National Park, which is UNESCO World Heritage listed for its cultural landscapes, due to its cultural and religious significance to the Maori people. The maunga (mountain), particularly its peaks, have strong spiritual links for local iwi.

The area of Mt Ruapehu on which Whakapapa is located is of particular significance to the Ngati Tuwharetoa people.

Mt Ruapehu Goes Smoke Free

While we operate on an active volcano... it's now a non-smoking one.

If you’re coming up the maunga and you need a smoke, just do it before you step into the base area of Whakapapa or Tūroa and keep it smoke free.

Check out the response to Whakapapa & Tūroa going Smokefree this season.

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