The South Island in New Zealand offers an astonishing variety of natural slopes and parks for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy, while the North Island also has a distinctive assortment of resorts. The North Island provides a skiing experience for everyone, at any time of the year, from the snow-capped heights of Mount Ruapehu to the year-round indoor facilities of Snowplanet.
The largest ski resort in New Zealand is located in the Tongariro National Park in Whakapapa. It’s amazing that the Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage Site. Ski over aeons-old craters and lava flows as you experience the North Island’s most untamed terrain here.
Take a trip on New Zealand’s longest gondola, the Sky Waka, to the mountain’s summit. The 445 hectares of terrain at the Whakapapa resort are suited for skiers of all skill levels, including enthusiasts. Turoa, to the southwest, complements the park with its plentiful snowfall and stunning views. The only two commercial ski areas on the North Island are these two together.
You’ll need to have backup plans in case of unreliable weather, but that shouldn’t be a problem with the variety of walks in the area. In the village of Whakapapa, where the terrain is carved by old volcanoes and the tracks give breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and plants, there are six short treks to choose from. In the nearby village of Ohakune, there is even a carrot theme park where you may meet a variety of larger-than-life vegetable characters.
The Turoa ski area is located close to Whakapapa and is tucked up against Mount Ruapehu, the most active volcano in New Zealand. As a not-for-profit area, the mountain is owned by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts and all revenue is used to maintain and expand the ski area.
This resort is a skier’s paradise when the weather cooperates, but because of its exposed location, your enjoyment depends on the weather, and the terrain is subject to the whims of the elements. Turoa’s “The Giant” offers runs for skiers of all levels, as well as terrain parks and undiscovered snow stashes.
When the day is over, you can travel to Ohakune to unwind and think back on what happened. The Blind Finch offers gourmet hamburgers with a variety of inventive flavours, including vegan options. A variety of meals are served in a cosy atmosphere at the 5-star-rated Matterhorn Grill and Bar. Before climbing the mountain, eat a big breakfast, or finish the day with some of Powderkeg’s renowned pork ribs.
The only ski area in Taranaki’s western region is the tiny Manganui ski resort. The Stratford Mountain Club looks for the area, which has one of New Zealand’s most easily accessible ski areas. Skiers with intermediate to expert skills, particularly those who enjoy terrain parks, should use the park. It has 420 meters of vertical.
While you’re there, take on the 12 km Mangorei trek in Mount Egmont Park for a strenuous hike and stunning views of Mount Taranaki as it reflects in the tarns. Enjoy the refreshing journey between Wilkies Pool and Dawson’s Falls for a quick stroll.
Located in the Tongariro National Park, Tukino is a non-commercial ski area with substantial off-piste skiing and a vertical drop of 250 meters. The majority of the trails in this area, which are small and ideal for families, are blue or red, making it best for beginners and intermediate skiers.
Additionally, the region provides a wide range of leisure activities like ski touring, ice climbing, and cat skiing. Although the resort is somewhat off the main path, the alpine accommodations provide a welcoming ambience with all the amenities you’ll need for a fun trip.
Visitors to the North Island can enjoy a guaranteed snow resort at Snowplanet, which is situated in Silverdale, Auckland. Eight thousand square meters of actual snow are available here, 365 days a year. Great skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing are all possible there. A terrain park is also available, which is updated every four to six weeks with new obstacles and jumps to maximize your enjoyment.
After working up an appetite on the slopes, unwind in the restaurant with views of the snow and a cosy chalet atmosphere that includes a blazing fire to complete the mountain ambience. The restaurant at Seven Summits serves a variety of major dishes, pizzas, kid-friendly meals, and bar snacks.