In Winter Mt Ruapehu offers a variety of cafes for you to relax, kick back and take some well earned breaks with a great breakfast, coffee, lunch, après drinks or nibbles. How often do you eat at an elevation of over 1600 metres?
WHAKAPAPA SKI AREA
Knoll Ridge Cafe
Open 9am - 4pm daily. New Zealand’s highest café is a must do! This 380-seat café offers stunning views, a great selection of food and fantastic barista made coffee. Choose from an incredible à la carte menu, salad bar, fresh classic and gourmet sandwiches, grab and go curry, hot meal options or your usual ski area pies and fries. Relax and take in the beautiful surroundings from the perfectly situated deck while enjoying a drink from the large selection on offer or grab something quick and get back out on the slopes. The Knoll Ridge Café is perfect for private functions looking for a unique and unforgettable experience. If you’re planning a wedding, corporate gathering, birthday party or any other special event, please enquire about availability and options.
Lorenzs' Bar and Cafe
Open 7:30am - 5pm weekdays, 7am - 5:00pm weekends (open till 9.30pm during Night Ski). Lorenzs' Bar and Café is situated in Whakapapa’s base area; this is the perfect rondeaux point to enjoy a cooked breakfast and fantastic barista made coffee before you hit the slopes for first tracks. With a wide range of cabinet and à la carte options there is something here for everyone, whether you’re after breakfast, lunch or afternoon refuelling at the end of a hard day's riding. New this season is Aprè ski, and a great menu to go with it. Top off a Night Ski in style with a Mulled Wined, Panhead craft beer and delicious bite to eat.
Happy Valley Bistro
Open 9am – 4pm daily. Situated in the Happy Valley beginner’s area, the Happy Valley Bistro offers casual grab and go style food for the busy beginner snow enthusiast. A relaxed, friendly space for families to enjoy our delicious homemade pizza’s, tasty Roti rolls, fresh daily sandwiches or the usual comfort food from our hot held cabinet for both adults & children. We offer barista made coffee, delicious hot chocolate and a wide range of cold drinks. Sit in the afternoon sun and enjoy a cold beer or keep warm with a glass of our delicious Mulled Wine.
To help us reduce waste and to save you money, a range of the world's first barista standard reuseable cups is now available at the Vertical Retail Store at Turoa. Each reusable Keep Cup purchase comes with a free first coffee and subsequent 50c discounts for every reuse at either Turoa or Whakapapa.
TUROA SKI AREA
Situated at base just above the Alpine Café. We offer a short order Breakfast Menu ranging from Eggs Benedict on Ciabatta through to Chef's Savoury Mince on Toast. The cabinet food is fresh and seasonal, offering something for everyone. This area is licensed so it's a great place to start the day for breakfast, then meet your friends for a beer or wine and mezze platter after a day's skiing or riding. On fine days, we're open to 5:30pm.
This is our Midfield café located just off the Parklane Chairlift. Home of the famous gourmet Snowflake Burgers; it has been said that we make the best burgers in Ohakune. Our burgers are freshly made to order and they're definitely worth the chairlift ride!
Turoa's highest café offers daily hot dish specials that are served to order along with fresh sandwiches, bagels and a full hot cabinet offering. This outlet has its own Espresso Bar for your convenience. On selected days check and see if the Snack Shack is open upstairs on the deck for American hot dogs.
Located at the base of Turoa Ski Area, this outlet is on ground level, making it accessible for all visitors. We have an amazing juice bar that makes fresh-to-order juices and smoothies. This outlet caters for a wide range of dining choices from bagels and sashimi through to a great range of homemade sandwiches, and the hot cabinets are full of hearty delights.