North Island Skiing

New Zealand is a great destination for all activities but the main focus throughout winter is the excellent range of Ski fields.

New Zealand has a total of 10 ski fields and is rated as one of the top 5 ski destinations in the world. New Zealand is also known for its diverse mountains and caters for all styles and ability levels. Most of these are made up in the South Island at Canterbury, Mackenzie, Wanaka and Queenstown, although the North Island's ski fields at Mt Ruapehu still has some of the best snow on offer.

The North Island is home to two skiing locations at Mt Ruapehu, these are Whakapapa and Turoa. These are very similar style mountains, which are both large and offer great family fun. Whakapapa and Turoa cater for all levels of riding, and are ideal for beginners.

Whakapapa Snow Field

Whakapapa, on the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu, is New Zealand's largest developed ski area. Within the 550 hectare (1360 acres) boundary there is excellent skiing and snow boarding for all levels. There are 30 groomed trails and huge Whakapapa boasts all services and amenities that you would expect to find at any international ski area. There is a complete learner's area that is separate to the main ski area for beginners. For non-skiers who don't want to miss out on playing in the snow, the resort provides tobogganing and tubing.

Nearest Town: National Park Village
Distance: 12km
Nearest Airport: Taupo
Distance: 102km

Turoa Snow Field

Turoa Ski Area offers an exciting snow experience for all the family with an excellent variety of terrain to suit all levels of skiers and boarders. Turoa is the highest ski area in New Zealand. Turoa has 9 lifts covering the 500 hectares. Like Whakapapa, the beginner area at Turoa is separate to the main ski area so beginners can learn in a safe environment. But don't be mistaken, Turoa caters for all advanced riders too with a huge variety of terrain, from open runs to gullies and cliff drops.

Nearest Town: Ohakune
Distance: 6km
Nearest Airport: Palmerston North
Distance: 172km

North Island Snow Field Levels

North Island Snow Field Statistics