Winter Activities

Winter Activities2017-06-01T14:07:57+00:00

Welcome to Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge – gateway to your Turoa and Whakapapa ski field sightseeing or skiing and snowboarding adventure.

Our Location

Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge is ideally situated in Ohakune at the beginning of the mountain road to Turoa Ski FieldonMt Ruapehu. We are a short 20-minute drive away from the top of the road and putting on your skis at Turoa. It is 17 km drive up the Mountain Road. We are only a 30-minute drive to Whakapapa Ski Field.

The Ski Fields

Turoa and Whakapapa are New Zealand’ s two largest ski fields. The ski season is from late June to early November depending on snow and weather conditions. The fields are open (weather permitting) from 9am-4pm every day of the season. There are beginner areas, and many intermediate and advanced skiing trails at both Turoa and Whakapapa.

Turoa ski field has the largest vertical drop in the Southern Hemisphere –722 metres of uninterrupted sliding joy. Whakapapa is NZ’ s biggest ski area, with over 30 trails. Turoa lifts are capable of taking up to 11,300 people per hour on a busy day, including a new high-speed six-seater chairlift. ‘ Happy Valley’ is a big beginner area at Whakapapa and is considered one of the best in the country.

Both ski areas have extensive snowmaking to ensure top to bottom skiing and boarding throughout the season, with average natural snowfalls of 2 – 3m. Sightseeing trips can also be purchased at both ski fields which include a ride up the chairlifts to the top cafes. Or you can enjoy sledging and just playing in the snow with the family on the special areas set aside for this.

PHOTO opportunities of you and this wonderful playground are limitless.

BREAKING NEWS: FREE SHUTTLES to TUROA Ski Field this season. RAL (Ruapehu Alpine Lifts) will be running FREE shuttles from Ohakune to Turoa this season. Pick up point will be just 100 metres up the road from us. Leaving every 1/2hr hour from 8.00am. No bookings – just first in first served. 

Both ski fields are accessible by private vehicle on 2-lane, sealed roadways.

Ohakune-Turoa mountain road winds 17km up through spectacular native forest before breaking out above the tree line and finishes at a complex of car parks below the bottom chairlift. If chains are required a chain hire and fitting bay is operated on the road at the required point. Cost $30.

SHUTTLE bus tickets can still be purchased from our reception, with door-to-door pick up and return. The cost is $30/adult, $25/child.

The “up” shuttles run approximately every hour from 8.00am until 11.00am. The “down” shuttles run every hour from 2.00pm until end of day. We can generally book you on the day you wish to travel.
Weather conditions can be changeable over the day, and mountain visitors are advised to be prepared and carry basic survival equipment. Water proof coat, hat, gloves, good footwear, sunglasses or goggles and 2 layers of thermals are considered necessary on any winter visit.

Don’ t forget your sunscreen. Mountain clothing can be hired in town or on the mountain. Snow reports and live cams for both ski fields can be viewed on www.mtruapehu.com.

Reports are available from approximately 7.00am on a daily basis and are updated throughout the day as required.
Turoa and Whakapapa are both owned by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL). The two are operated together, with a combined lift ticket for both fields.

See www.mtruapehu.com for more information on up to date ticket, lesson and hire prices and options including beginner packages and 3 – 5 day any time passes.
Ski and snowboarding equipment hire, including ski clothing, and ticket purchase can also be obtained from a number of outlets in Ohakune as well as on the mountain.

We recommend www.SLR.co.nz for all your hire needs.
Turoa Ski Field Trail Map