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Turoa Ski Area offers an exciting snow experience for all the family with an excellent variety of terrain to suit all levels of skiers and boarders.
Turoa is the highest ski area in New Zealand with 9 lifts giving access to 500 hectares (about 1200 acres) of patrolled terrain. If you want to get off the groomers, we have 3 main off-piste areas that strong skiers and riders will enjoy. And if you want to turn your legs into jelly, we have a run that is 4kms long! Turoa also boasts Australasia’s longest vertical at 722m!
The beginner area at Turoa (Alpine Meadow), is separate to the main ski area so beginners can learn in a safe environment. However, strong skiers and boarders aren’t neglected….we have a huge variety of terrain, from open runs to gullies and cliffs.
The terrain park is enjoyed by freestylers on one or two planks. The park is designed by some hot international talent and considerable resources are set aside to make sure it remains in epic condition throughout the season. This is the home of North Island snowboarding with a full-time 120 metre half-pipe, boarder cross and reputedly the best terrain park in the country.
There are 9 lifts - 2 quad and 2 triple chairs, 3 T-Bars and platters, and ski and board hire on the field. Excellent ‘Learn to Ski and Snowboard’ packages are available, and five fully licensed cafés allow you to chill out between downhill runs. Mt Ruapehu lift passes can be used on both Whakapapa and Turoa and a free shuttle bus link operates daily.
Turoa Ski Area is 17kms (20 mins) from Ohakune Village. The access road to the ski area is by far the best in New Zealand. It is fully sealed all the way and is suitable for Campervans. On occasion chains are required, but we can fit them for you while you stay warm inside your vehicle for an extremely reasonable price. If you would prefer not to drive yourself there are several local businesses that offer a transport service from Whakapapa and Ohakune villages up to the ski areas.