Mount Ruapehu is the tallest of three volcanoes in Tongariro National Park, and at 2,797 metres above sea level, it is also the North Island’s highest point. Near to the summit of Ruapehu is a steaming crater lake, a constant reminder to visitors that this volcano is very much alive, albeit currently resting. Where else in the world can you find natural half pipes created by the flow of lava? Mount Ruapehu has two large, commercial skifields, Turoa and Whakapapa.
In relation to the Powderhorn Chateau, Turoa is the closer of the two skifields. It operates nine lifts, over 22 groomed trails, off-piste glacial skiing and cliff jumps. A purpose-built terrain park keeps the adrenaline of freestylers and boarders pumping. From Turoa’s upper-most lift you can walk to Ruapehu’s Crater Lake, some 500 metres away.
Whakapapa skifield is situated on the northern face of Mount Ruapehu, approximately a 40-minute drive from the Powderhorn Chateau. Whakapapa rewards visitors with spectacular, uninterrupted views of the central North Island, including Mount Ngauruhoe, which starred as ‘Mount Doom’ in the Lord of the Rings films. With 14 lifts and over 30 groomed trails, Whakapapa is a well-equipped skifield which includes snow making to 2,000 metres, keeping the cover in great condition.
Mt Ruapehu Trail Maps
TUROA – The Mountain Road conditions are included in Ski Report daily. In good weather conditions the road is an easy 20km fully sealed drive. Car parking is available free of charge at the top of the mountain road. Please note that during peak periods the car parks can fill rapidly. For an optimum car park, leaving the hotel early is advisable.
WHAKAPAPA – The Bruce Road conditions are included in Ski Report every day. In good weather conditions the road is an easy 6km fully sealed drive from Whakapapa Village. Whakapapa Village is a 35 minute drive via State Highway 49, 4 and 47. Maps and directions are available from Reception. Car parking is available free of charge at the top of the Bruce Road. Please note that during peak periods the car parks can fill rapidly. For an optimum car park leaving the hotel early is advisable.
– Ruapehu Alpine Lifts offers a shuttle service to Turoa skifield from Ohakune operating daily. The shuttle departs opposite the hotel every hour on the hour between 8 and 11am. Return shuttles to Ohakune depart the base area every hour on the hour between 1 and 4pm. This shuttle service is free with any Mt Ruapehu Life, season or day lift pass.
*Please note: Shuttle transport will only operate to Whakapapa Ski field from Ohakune when Turoa Ski field is closed.
For more information visit www.mtruapehu.com