Mt Ruapehu is located in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island and is home to two of NZ’s largest commercial ski areas, Whakapapa and Turoa. Located in a UNESCO Dual World Heritage National Park, Whakapapa is where you’ll also find the brand new Sky Waka gondola – the longest and fastest in Australasia. The $25 million Sky Waka opened in July 2019 and is now open year-round for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and sightseeing, hiking and dining in New Zealand’s highest restaurant – The Pinnacles, year-round.
A somewhat undiscovered region of New Zealand for the Australian market, this is an area you don’t want to miss on your next visit. The resort town of Lake Taupo is just over an hour away and the mountain towns of Ohakune, National Park, Turangi and Whakapapa Village provide an authentic experience with lots of outdoor activities to choose from.