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Tūroa Ski Area

Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand

Tūroa is the wild, playful, mighty ski area situated on the southwestern slopes of Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand’s North Island. This majestic mountain is the central figure in the stunning Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area recognised for its cultural and environmental significance.

Tūroa’s terrain is renowned for its natural bowls, kickers and wide open slopes, making for an epic experience for every style of skier or rider. Best of all, its 722 metres of vertical provides long, thigh-burning four kilometre runs!


Tūroa is one of New Zealand's largest ski areas with the nation’s longest vertical at 722 metres. Tūroa's High Noon Express six seater chairlift reaches the highest lifted point in New Zealand where you'll feel on top of the world... well, on top of the North Island at least!

Skiable area

500 hectares




Terrain parks




Minimum age for ski lessons


Minimum age for snowboard lessons

Supervised kids packages available for four to 12 years

Grading of runs

Beginner: 20%
Intermediate: 55%
Advanced: 25%

2322 meters

Summit height

Length of season

to October

4.5 meters

Average snowfall

17km sealed road to slopes. Shuttles available.

On-mountain family activities


Ski and ride school

Sightseeing chairlift rides

Off-mountain family activities

Indoor rock climbing

Short hikes

Mountain biking

Summer activities


Mountain biking

Canoe tours


Kids’ all day lessons are the best way to get kids excited for the snow. They run for the whole day with the same group and instructor so the kids can make new friends while learning heaps. A yummy lunch is also included.

Kids will spend a super fun five days on the slopes hanging with their own instructor and crew of snow buddies. Learn to ski is for ages four to 12 and intro to race and freeride (level five and six) is for ages four to 17.



Ohakune township, at the base of the Ohakune Mountain Road, has a huge range of self contained accommodation options for families. Grab a chalet rental or stay in one of the many lodges with communal lounges for a social and comfortable stay. This little ski town has wonderful character and is well serviced with cafes, restaurants, a supermarket and off-mountain activities. Check out the accommodation near Mt Ruapehu here.


There are three on-mountain cafes provide plenty of variety when you’re looking to refuel.

Alpine Café & Bar

Enjoy quick and easy cafeteria style food, barista made coffee and fresh juice for a quick and yummy bite on the run. Or head upstairs for fresh baked cakes and pastries, delicious cooked breakfasts and an amazing lunch menu.

Snowflake Café

The locals’ best kept secret, Snowflake has the best burgers in town. Enjoy stunning views from the deck and have lunch with the whole family. Snowflake can be accessed with a short sightseeing chairlift ride.

Giant Café

This cosy and rustic hangout is the highest cafe in the ski area. Grab coffee with a view or a quick lunch before heading back onto the slopes. The Giant is the best spot for an afternoon beer or wine.



Nearest city:
Ohakune - 19km

Nearest airport:
Palmerston North - 175km

Distance from village to mountain:

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Phone: +64 6 385 8456


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