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Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa & Turoa has a world of unforgettable experiences to offer to alpine-lovers all year round. Home to two of New Zealand’s largest ski areas, New Zealand’s highest cafe & restaurant and amazing volcanic walks when the snow recedes...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Sh1 | Central North Island, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must see, the gondola up the mountain is the icing on the cake, you can stay as long as you like up there, several eating/cafe areas. We sat outside and watched people ski and just admire the view. On the way down stopped at...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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MtRuapehuMarketing, Marketing at Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are really happy to hear you had a wonderful visit to Whakapapa and enjoyed your journey on the Sky Waka. The views are really stunning, especially on a clear day. We...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The ride up the gondola was extraordinary and beautiful. Hung around for a bit. Definitely will visit againMore

Date of experience: October 2019
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RuapehuAlpineLifts, Marketing at Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora Grace, Thank you for taking the time to review your trip on the Sky Waka. We are so happy to hear you loved your visit and managed to experience the beautiful views for yourself. We hope to see you back again soon. The...More

Reviewed October 10, 2019

We went to Mount Ruapehu with our two grandchildren. It was a lovely day and we had to park at the bottom by the Chateau and catch the bus up the Mountain - great service and cheap $15.00 return which took us to the top...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed September 5, 2019 via mobile

We could see the mountain out in the distance and it was one of those spur of the moments we decided to get a closer look and ended up at the ski fields( we had wished we arrived earlier in the day too go skiing)...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 4, 2019

After 16 years as a season pass holder for Mt Ruapehu, I find I'm getting more and more frustrated with the poor running, lack of service and money grabbing culture that has existed at Turoa for the last few years. We arrived on Monday having...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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MtRuapehuMarketing, Customer Relations - Team Leader at Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2019

Kia Ora, Thank you for your message. I think there may have been some confusion around the operation of the High Noon on Monday 2nd September. The lift opened to public at 09:05, then closed after around 20 minutes and was only down for 20...More

Reviewed September 1, 2019

We have been coming to Mt Ruapehu for many years and each seems to be getting progressively worse. Cheap annual ski passes are no doubt bringing in the $ but availability of facilities and services are getting progressively worse Third time on the mountain this...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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MtRuapehuMarketing, Team Leader - Customer Relations at Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2019

Kia Ora, Thank you for your message. It is disappointing to hear that you have not found any benefit in the improvements that have been made over the seasons. Our early bird Season Pass campaign offers some of the best value in the country, giving...More

Reviewed August 14, 2019 via mobile

Weather was not great while we were here, but as we are all beginners Happy Valley was fine for us all. It’s not cheap though, $89 per adult is a lot for just Happy Valley... so make sure you are keen before purchasing for the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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RuapehuAlpineLifts, Marketing at Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2019

Kia ora, Thank you for your email. We are glad you were able to learn to Ski with us and we hope you all had an enjoyable day. We feel our Lift Passes are competitively priced along with the other ski areas in New Zealand....More

Reviewed August 5, 2019

Where do I start on my much anticipated trip to Whakapapa? The weather gods can be cruel and kind I guess, but the mob running this place are just amateurs trying to run a business that makes money and doesn’t care about what you get...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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MtRuapehuMarketing, Team Leader - Customer Relations at Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feed back and I am sorry to hear that your visit did not meet your expectations. We take all feedback seriously and would love for you to reach out with your contact details so...More

Reviewed July 30, 2019 via mobile

It was a good experience but the only problem was kisi ne huga hua tha ,near the restricted area. .......

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 29, 2019

We both were beginners... I skiied, he snowboarded. Got lessons, the day pass, lift passes, gear all for $150! Was one of the best days we’ve ever had! All the staff were exceptionally helpful whether it was in reception or on the field. I don’t...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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RuapehuAlpineLifts, Marketing at Mt Ruapehu, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2019

Kia ora Madeline, Thank you for your review. We are so happy that you had a great and enjoyable day up the mountain. We are incredibly proud of our talented Ski and Ride school staff and we hope you learnt a lot. We will pass...More

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Jahlia T
August 8, 2019|
Response from VivashalS | Reviewed this property |
90 minutes from Taupo - Drive to National Park - carry warm stuff and gloves - Watch the weather report There’s - plenty of food stuff to purchase on the summit Enjoy have fun - got to drive to the top to see snow in... More
July 11, 2019|
Response from cpiotto | Property representative |
Morena Ollyk1234, If your kids are booked on a full day package at Happy Valley you will be able to watch from the deck of the Happy Valley Bistro and you do not need to buy a pass to watch from there. Ngā mihi, Cesar... More
July 7, 2019|
Response from RuapehuAlpineLifts | Property representative |
Hi Chay, We are sorry to hear you are having difficulty with your transport planning. Please check the "Getting here" section of our website for the shuttle information. These tickets can be purchased from Taupo or Ohakune... More