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Whakapapa

Whakapapa Ski Resort Guide

Whakapapa, New Zealand

Rated: 4/5 (from 4 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners and Snowboarders!
Highest Lift2,300m
Lowest Lift1,630m
 Nearest AirportsTaupo and Wanganui
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Whakapapa

The New Zealand ski resort of Whakapapa is at an altitude of 1,630m.

Summary

Whakapapa has direct access to 30 marked pistes, served by a total of 11 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,300m, snow cover is generally reliable.

Skiing

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Whakapapa is highly rated by Snowboarders.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Whakapapa?

The next notable snow forecast is 20cm, expected on 27 September, with around 44cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Whakapapa Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Pistes
Number of runs
30
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
11

Altitudes

Whakapapa Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,300m
Lowest Piste1,630m
Max Vertical670m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Whakapapa
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding

Location and Map

Where is Whakapapa?

This ski resort is in Ruapehu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Whakapapa is Taupo, 72 minutes drive away.

Wanganui, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Hamilton, Napier and New Plymouth airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

There are 11 ski lifts.

Season Dates

When is Whakapapa open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

 Open.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Whakapapa, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Whakapapa Tourist Office for the latest.

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