Whether you just want to play in the snow, are starting out skiing or snowboarding or you’re looking for a new challenge, Whakapapa Ski Area has the terrain and snow conditions to cater for everyone.
Whakapapa Ski Area is home to Happy Valley, New Zealand's largest beginner ski and snow play area. Here you can spend the day experiencing the best that a family winter holiday has to offer with ski and snowboard lessons, sledding, throwing snowballs and building snowmen!
Intermediate and advanced ski runs
For intermediate skiers, there are snow filled basins and wide open slopes to enjoy. For advanced skiers and snowboarders there are challenging runs with steep chutes and drop-offs and there are over 20 black and double black diamond runs to satisfy the extreme skier and snowboarder. Check out the full Whakapapa Trail Map here.
This winter, you will be able to see Happy Valley and the lower mountain in a whole new light! You can ski under the stars on Friday and Saturday nights with a Whakapapa Night Skiing pass.
Knoll Ridge Cafe
Situated at 2,020m above sea level, Whakapapa Ski Area's Knoll Ridge Cafe is New Zealand’s highest cafe. Here you will find great coffee, tasty treats and incredible views overlooking the Pinnacles and out over the Central Plateau of New Zealand's North Island. You can take a scenic chairlift ride to Knoll Ridge Cafe all year round.