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Whakapapa ski resort, New Zealand

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This is New Zealand’s largest ski resort and is located on the active volcano known as Mount Ruapehu. Whakapapa can be found on the North Island, four hours drive from Auckland and Wellington. Whakapapa offers 43 runs with over 550 hectares of snow fields. 16 lifts cater for all the slopes, with three fast lifts operating.

Whakapapa consists of three main areas; Happy Valley is the beginners area and offers plenty of activities for juniors and beginner skiers; the “East” is the main area with the most lifts and runs and is suitable for all skiing abilities; the “West” area offers excellent back country skiing.

Dining is available from six mountain restaurants, with New Zealand’s highest café being one of them. On snow accommodation can be found at the base of the ski fields, however most accommodation is located 6km away from the village.

An absolute highlight of Whakapapa is Mount Ruapehu’s Crater Lake. Guided tours are available or you can trek the half hour yourself to see some of the most spectacular views of the neighbouring volcanoes.

The New Zealand ski season runs from mid to late June until October.

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