Whakapapa Skifield - Ruapehu Alpine Lifts
22 locals recommend
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Ski area offering facilities for all levels, including an extensive beginners' area with a cafe.
Located on Mt Ruapehu’s north-western slopes and known for it’s premier beginner playground, Whakapapa is just over 45 mins drive away
Whakapapa is 2hrs away and our guests love to return after a fun day skiing to relax in our outdoor bath.
Knoll Ridge cafe is a great place to have a coffee and catch the amazing views after taking the chairlift up the mountain.
Winter: skiing and snowboarding Summer: There are multiple walks and hikes around this side of the mountain. Try a chair lift ride up the mountain to take in the amazing views.
NZ's largest ski area and open to explore in summer, too. A short walk from the base area is the Meads Wall with impressive views of Mt Ngauruhoe, where several scenes from LOTR were filmed.
Whakapapa skifield is on the northern slope of Mt Ruapehu, and has an abundance of ski chalets on the slopes and a new gondola that runs winter and summer up to the restaurant on the volcano. this is worth the trip for sightseeing and skiing.
Turoa Skifield on the South side of Mt Ruapehu has excellent terrain for boarding and skiing. 17km through a corridor of orginal podocarp forest get you to the resort. Great days, great terrain.
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…
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“Feel the rush of riding the hills and native forest of Erua on a quad-bike. Guided quad bike and buggy rides. Great fun for the whole family. Each ride is catered to your ability. Located 2km out of National Park Village this business is locally owned by Karl and Maria Splitt, who have lived in the area since 2002. Ruapehu Adventure Rides is operated on 230 acres of farmland and native bush. Open: All year expect Christmas Day Tours: 1 hr, 1 ½ hr, 2 hrs, 1/2 day rides BY REQUEST (min of 2)bookings are essential 16 years and over for quad rides (Lesson included) We cater to families, offering buggy rides for children under 16 or anyone who doesn’t want to self drive We provide: Helmets, wet weather pants and jackets, gloves, glasses, gumboots and photos Customer parking and eftpos If you don't want to be disappointed bookings are essential, accommodation available at Mountain Heights Lodge For rates, please see our website.”
- 3 locals recommend
“Begins at Fishers Road, National Park Village.Walk about 30 minutes down Fishers Road to the start of the Tupapakurua Falls Track (left side of road). The track has been upgraded by the local community in partnership with the Department of Conservation. It begins with an easy 20 minute walk to the Taranaki Lookout. From this point the track becomes a back country adventure track and is suitable for experienced trampers only. The track follows a ridge and then descends steeply to a stream. There are good stands of tawa, mature rimu, miro and totara to see along the way. Climbing from the stream, the track winds its way around bluffs to a good lookout point with views of the falls. ”
- 1 local recommends
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“Traverse ancient lava flows and wander along glacier streams to the Instagram-worthy Taranaki Falls - no filter required! Time: 2 hr return Distance: 6 km loop Begins 100 metres below Whakapapa Visitor Centre at Ngauruhoe Place. The upper and lower tracks form a loop with the waterfall situated around the half-way point. Tumbling 20 metres over the edge of a large lava flow, which erupted from Ruapehu 15,000 years ago, Taranaki Falls plunge into a boulder-ringed pool. From below the falls there are spectacular views into the water-worn gorges of the Wairere Stream.”
- 9 locals recommend
“only place in National park that sells takeaway alcohol. Nice atmosphere for meals with views of the mountains and a cozy fireplace.”
- 14 locals recommend
“Macrocarpa Café is open 6.00am to 8.00pm Daily. On offer is an extensive Café Menu with fresh baked goods, Takeaways, All day Breakfast, Free Wi-Fi, Great espresso coffee, Evening meals, Lunch Packs, Sandwiches, Pies, cold Drinks, Rolled Ice Cream, Pronto Pizza (including winter delivery) and even a Book Exchange. National Park Postal Centre is also part of the Café operation.”
- 4 locals recommend