Whakapapa Ski Area

Whakapapa Ski Area on the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu is New Zealand's largest ski area, with more than 65 trails across 1050 hectares.

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There are plenty of things to do to do in the Ruapehu Region.


Have you stayed at Puketoi in the summer?

Book a summer visit to Puketoi and experience some of the region’s fantastic walks and activities.


See Ruapehu Alpine Lift’s website for summer short walks.

Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu seen from the summit of Mt Tongariro
photo: Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu seen from the summit of Mt Tongariro © Guillaume Piolle

Often described as the best one day hike in New Zealand, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing provides an opportunity to experience some of the most scenic, volcanically active areas of the park. Shuttle services are provided by Tongariro Expeditions.

The Round the Mountain Track showcases the varied volcanic landscapes and alpine vegetation on the flanks of the active volcano Mount Ruapehu. It's a more remote alternative to the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk.

The Rotopounamu Track is an easier 2 hour walk that circles a beautiful lake surrounded by native forest. 

There are several walks from Whakapapa Village.

Tongariro National Park

Find out more about Tongariro National Park